spiritualist

[spir-i-choo-uh-list]
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Origin of spiritualist

First recorded in 1640–50; spiritual + -ist
Related formsan·ti·spir·it·u·al·ist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for spiritualist

Contemporary Examples of spiritualist

  • She was more of a spiritualist, a New Age believer in the power of good and the mysteries of the universe.

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    The Day the Fairytale Died

    Marilyn Johnson

    July 12, 2014

Historical Examples of spiritualist

  • He was down on her 'cause she was a Spiritualist and believed in fortune tellers and such.

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    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Later he was to become a Spiritualist and preside at table-tipping seances.

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    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • “You are the first spiritualist I ever talked to, Mrs. Walters,” he said amiably.

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    Cleveland Moffett

  • You may call me a Spiritualist, if you like, for I have no reverence for or aversion to names.

  • Spiritualist as he was, Descartes was not disposed to be the martyr of thought.


Word Origin and History for spiritualist
n.

1852, "one who believes in the ability of the living to communicate with the dead via a medium," from spiritual + -ist (also see spirit).

Every two or three years the Americans have a paroxysm of humbug -- ... at the present time it is Spiritual-ism. [J.Dix, "Transatlantic Tracings," 1853]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper