Definition of Spiritualism

1. Noun. (theology) any doctrine that asserts the separate existence of God.

Generic synonyms: Theological Doctrine
Derivative terms: Spiritualistic

2. Noun. The belief that the spirits of dead people can communicate with people who are still alive (especially via a medium).
Generic synonyms: Belief
Examples of category: Ectoplasm
Derivative terms: Spiritualist, Spiritualistic

3. Noun. Concern with things of the spirit.
Exact synonyms: Otherworldliness, Spiritism, Spirituality
Generic synonyms: Internality, Inwardness
Derivative terms: Otherworldly, Spiritualist, Spiritual
Antonyms: Worldliness

Definition of Spiritualism

1. n. The quality or state of being spiritual.

Definition of Spiritualism

1. Noun. A philosophic doctrine, opposing materialism, that claims transcendency of the divine being, the altogether spiritual character of reality and the value of inwardness of consciousness. ¹

2. Noun. A belief that the dead communicate with the living through a medium having special powers. ¹

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Definition of Spiritualism

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Medical Definition of Spiritualism

1. 1. The quality or state of being spiritual. 2. The doctrine, in opposition to the materialists, that all which exists is spirit, or soul that what is called the external world is either a succession of notions impressed on the mind by the Deity, as maintained by Berkeley, or else the mere educt of the mind itself, as taught by Fichte. 3. A belief that departed spirits hold intercourse with mortals by means of physical phenomena, as by rappng, or during abnormal mental states, as in trances, or the like, commonly manifested through a person of special susceptibility, called a medium; spiritism; the doctrines and practices of spiritualists. "What is called spiritualism should, I think, be called a mental species of materialism." (R. H. Hutton) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Spiritualism

spiritual being
spiritual bouquet
spiritual desertion
spiritual healing
spiritual leader
spiritual naturalism
spiritual naturalist
spiritual rebirth
spiritual sequel
spiritual sequels
spiritual violence
spiritual world
spiritual worlds

Literary usage of Spiritualism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Relations, and a Voice to Mankindby Andrew Jackson Davis by Andrew Jackson Davis (1852)
""Scribe's introduction. Biographical sketch of the author ..." signed William Fishbough: p. iii-xxii."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"Phenomena of spiritualism scientifically Explained and Exposed, New York, 1876; WB Carpenter, Mesmerism, spiritualism . . . historically and scientifically ..."

3. Spiritual Magazine (1874)
"spiritualism IN THE COLONIES. IT is a little significant of the wide-spread character of Modern spiritualism that the same post which a few days since ..."

4. New Englander and Yale Review by Edward Royall Tyler, William Lathrop Kingsley, George Park Fisher, Timothy Dwight (1888)
"THE SEYBERT COMMISSION ON spiritualism.*—As we are told in the address to the trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, with which this book opens ..."

5. Modern French Legal Philosophy by Alfred Fouillée (1916)
"spiritualism an Inconsistent Doctrine. Notwithstanding the stress which ... According to spiritualism they ought now to say of any and every man, ..."

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