spiritualism

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Etymology[edit]

spiritual +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

spiritualism (uncountable)

  1. 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.
  2. A belief that the dead communicate with the living, especially through a medium having special powers; spiritism.
    • R. H. Hutton
      What is called spiritualism should, I think, be called a mental species of materialism.
  3. The quality or state of being spiritual.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (belief that dead communicate with the living): spiritism

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