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spiritualism Syllabification: spir·it·u·al·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈspiriCH(o͞o)əˌlizəm/

Definition of spiritualism in English:


1A system of belief or religious practice based on supposed communication with the spirits of the dead, especially through mediums.
Example sentences
  • Spiritism or spiritualism is the belief that the human personality survives death and can communicate with the living through a sensitive medium.
  • In a later address on the subject Pink spoke of spiritualism (belief in communication with the spirit of the dead) as the ‘pioneer’ to theosophy.
  • In spiritualism, a medium is one with whom spirits communicate directly.
2 Philosophy The doctrine that the spirit exists as distinct from matter, or that spirit is the only reality.
Example sentences
  • Would Hindu spiritualism be able to exist with Western materialism?
  • Here one can simply cite the evocation of Eastern philosophy and spiritualism in the performance work of Yoko Ono and the installations of Judy Chicago.
  • It's interesting to see that Geller drags out Home as evidence for spiritualism, when that matter has long ago ceased to serve the cause.


Pronunciation: /ˈspiriCH(əw)ələst/
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately, we are perceived as focusing mostly on debunking the silly stuff like UFOs, spoon benders, and psychic spiritualists.
  • These are our visionaries, spiritualists, clairvoyants and psychics.
  • Mediums and spiritualists are believed to be able to communicate with these spirits and channel their messages to the living.
Pronunciation: /ˌspiriCH(o͞o)əˈlistik/
Example sentences
  • In response, the pointer allegedly moves in such a way as to spell out or point to a spiritualistic and telepathic answer on the board.
  • But the terms he uses (haunting, poltergeist, medium, seance) come from a spiritualistic perspective.
  • During the heyday of spiritualism, many writers speculated about spiritualistic phenomena, offering concepts of bodily forces as explanations.
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