One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A system of belief or religious practice based on supposed communication with the spirits of the dead, especially through mediums.
- ‘Some questions are about his views on various issues relating to spiritualism and religion, while others are about contemporary happenings.’
- ‘He was also deeply influenced by spiritualism and the occult and often organised seances at his home.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘It had come home in the form of drugs and broken vets, a generation turning to spiritualism and mystic cults.’
- ‘Jung believed in astrology, spiritualism, telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance and ESP.’
- ‘We have bowled them clean in the field of religion and spiritualism.’
- ‘Spiritism or spiritualism is the belief that the human personality survives death and can communicate with the living through a sensitive medium.’
- ‘We lived with my grandparents and, as grandmother was a medium, spiritualism was part of everyday life.’
- ‘Thus spiritualism, near-death experiences, and communication with dead people interest both paranormal and religious investigators.’
- ‘Hasn't magick and spiritualism always been around, under the guises of many religions and beliefs?’
- ‘In 1913 its adherents founded the Progressive Spiritual Church to establish spiritualism on a more religious basis.’
- ‘The resurgence in religion and spiritualism in China follows the country's ongoing moves toward liberalization during the past decade.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some religions today still see spiritualism in the same way; there will always be those things that are unexplainable.’
- ‘In spiritualism, a medium is one with whom spirits communicate directly.’
- ‘Quackery usually involves integrating metaphysics and such things as sympathetic magic or spiritualism with healing.’
- ‘Religious alternatives such as spiritualism and Theosophy have had a small but steady presence since the 1850s.’
- ‘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.’
The doctrine that the spirit exists as distinct from matter, or that spirit is the only reality.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He has always insisted that the roots of classical music in India are to be found in Indian religion and spiritualism.’
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