\spˈɪɹɪt͡ʃˌuːəlˌɪsts], \spˈɪɹɪtʃˌuːəlˌɪsts], \s_p_ˈɪ_ɹ_ɪ_tʃ_ˌuː_ə_l_ˌɪ_s_t_s]\
Definitions of SPIRITUALISTS
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A name applied to the believers in the theory that spirits can and do act through sensitive organizations known as mediums. It first came into prominence in the United States through the manifestations of the Fox Sisters, at Hydeville, N.Y., 1848. The phenomena consist of the moving of physical objects, rappings, spirit-photographing, etc. The believers in these manifestations are not yet completely organized into a separate body, but issue periodicals and books in great numbers.
By John Franklin Jameson