Definition of spiritualism in English:



mass noun
  • 1A system of belief or religious practice based on supposed communication with the spirits of the dead, especially through mediums.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In order to reach their goals for conversion, they actively coerced the children into condemning their traditional religiosity and spiritualism as ungodly rites, rituals, and idolatry.’
    • ‘Hasn't magick and spiritualism always been around, under the guises of many religions and beliefs?’
    • ‘Jung believed in astrology, spiritualism, telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance and ESP.’
    • ‘In 1913 its adherents founded the Progressive Spiritual Church to establish spiritualism on a more religious basis.’
    • ‘Readers don't need to come to the book with a prior interest in spiritualism - the religious movement that holds communication with the spirit world as a central tenet - to be captivated by the story.’
    • ‘Religious alternatives such as spiritualism and Theosophy have had a small but steady presence since the 1850s.’
    • ‘We lived with my grandparents and, as grandmother was a medium, spiritualism was part of everyday life.’
    • ‘If the context is tragic, however, the daily practice of spiritualism was a theatrical spectacle that, as Gaskill says, drew on ‘farce, burlesque and vaudeville’.’
    • ‘Darwin, however, was also a late arrival but disliked religiosity and spiritualism.’
    • ‘News of this incident quickly spread through the nation, and soon spiritualism, an informal religion centered on the seance, vied with the more established denominations for followers.’
    • ‘Some questions are about his views on various issues relating to spiritualism and religion, while others are about contemporary happenings.’
    • ‘Quackery usually involves integrating metaphysics and such things as sympathetic magic or spiritualism with healing.’
    • ‘The resurgence in religion and spiritualism in China follows the country's ongoing moves toward liberalization during the past decade.’
    • ‘Some religions today still see spiritualism in the same way; there will always be those things that are unexplainable.’
    • ‘We have bowled them clean in the field of religion and spiritualism.’
    • ‘Thus spiritualism, near-death experiences, and communication with dead people interest both paranormal and religious investigators.’
    • ‘It had come home in the form of drugs and broken vets, a generation turning to spiritualism and mystic cults.’
    • ‘He was also deeply influenced by spiritualism and the occult and often organised seances at his home.’
  • 2Philosophy
    The doctrine that the spirit exists as distinct from matter, or that spirit is the only reality.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An acute interest in psychology segued into medieval mysticism and from there he stumbled into Eastern philosophy and spiritualism.’
    • ‘He has always insisted that the roots of classical music in India are to be found in Indian religion and spiritualism.’



/ˈspɪrɪtʃʊəlɪz(ə)m/ /ˈspɪrɪtjʊəlɪz(ə)m/