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spiritualize

[spir-i-choo-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), spir·it·u·al·ized, spir·it·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make spiritual.
  2. to invest with a spiritual meaning.
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Also especially British, spir·it·u·al·ise.

Origin of spiritualize

First recorded in 1625–35; spiritual + -ize
Related formsspir·it·u·al·i·za·tion, nounspir·i·tu·al·iz·er, nounde·spir·it·u·al·i·za·tion, nounde·spir·it·u·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·spir·it·u·al·ized, de·spir·it·u·al·iz·ing.re·spir·it·u·al·ize, verb (used with object), re·spir·it·u·al·ized, re·spir·it·u·al·iz·ing.un·spir·i·tu·al·ized, adjectiveun·spir·i·tu·al·iz·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for spiritualize

Historical Examples

  • I screamed at him, 'But you must spiritualize—don't you understand?

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • It is the custom of the Seer to heighten and spiritualize all Jewish names.

  • But I am just as ready to spiritualize it as he is, provided I am sure first that we understand it.

  • The tendency of Christianity is to spiritualize thought and action.

    Unity of Good

    Mary Baker Eddy

  • Gods, my dear modern, are not spirits; gods do not degrade the world to a semblance, and do not spiritualize it.


British Dictionary definitions for spiritualize

spiritualize

spiritualise

verb
  1. (tr) to make spiritual or infuse with spiritual content
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Derived Formsspiritualization or spiritualisation, nounspiritualizer or spiritualiser, noun
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