Definitions of spiritualism

  1. concern with things of the spirit
  2. ( theology) any doctrine that asserts the separate existence of God
  3. The quality or state of being spiritual.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The belief that nothing is real except soul, or spirit; the belief that the souls of the dead communicate with the living, especially through a sensitive person called a medium; the practice of such belief.
  7. A being spiritual: the philosophical doctrine that nothing is real out soul or spirit: the doctrine that spirit has a real existence apart from matter: the belief that certain peculiar phenomena ( as rapping, table- turning, etc.) are directly due to the influence of departed spirits, invoked by a " medium" ( in this sense better called SPIRITISM).
  8. The belief that departed spirits communicate with men.
  9. Philos. The doctrine of spiritual existences.
  10. Spiritualist.
  11. The state of being Spiritual; the doctrine of the existence of spirit independently of matter; belief in communication with the unseen world of the departed through the impressibility of certain media to so- called spiritual influence; the doctrine that all which exists is spirit or soul.
  12. Spiritualistic.
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