- the belief or doctrine that the spirits of the dead, surviving after the mortal life, can and do communicate with the living, especially through a person (a medium) particularly susceptible to their influence.
- the practices or phenomena associated with this belief.
- the belief that all reality is spiritual.
- Metaphysics. any of various doctrines maintaining that the ultimate reality is spirit or mind.
- spiritual quality or tendency.
- insistence on the spiritual side of things, as in philosophy or religion.
Origin of spiritualism
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Examples from the Web for spiritualism
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All three were anxious," Gray writes, "that the rise of Spiritualism would block the advance of scientific materialism.Our Crazy Quest for Immortality
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Moreover, when he was about thirty, he had busied himself with spiritualism.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
She has a most amazing fund of common-sense and is "down" on Spiritualism to a degree.
I believe in dreams and presentiments and Spiritualism and all the rest of it now.
Science, as a rule, has avoided the subject of Spiritualism.
This is the oldest and still the most popular theory—the theory of spiritualism.Mind and Motion and Monism
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- the belief that the disembodied spirits of the dead, surviving in another world, can communicate with the living in this world, esp through mediums
- the doctrines and practices associated with this belief
- philosophy the belief that because reality is to some extent immaterial it is therefore spiritual
- any doctrine (in philosophy, religion, etc) that prefers the spiritual to the material
- the condition or quality of being spiritual
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Word Origin and History for spiritualism
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