• WordNet 3.6
    • v spiritualize purify from the corrupting influences of the world "During his stay at the ashram he was spiritualized"
    • v spiritualize elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration
    • v spiritualize give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spiritualize (Old Chem) To extract spirit from; also, to convert into, or impregnate with, spirit.
    • Spiritualize To give a spiritual meaning to; to take in a spiritual sense; -- opposed to literalize.
    • Spiritualize To refine intellectiually or morally; to purify from the corrupting influence of the world; to give a spiritual character or tendency to; as, to spiritualize soul. "This seen in the clear air, and the whole spiritualized by endless recollections, fills the eye and the heart more forcibly than I can find words to say."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spiritualize To make spiritual, or more spiritual; elevate above what is worldly or bodily.
    • spiritualize To infuse spirituality or life into; inform with spirit or life; animate.
    • spiritualize To draw a spiritual meaning from, or impart a spiritual meaning to; as, to spiritualize a text of Scripture.
    • spiritualize In chem.:
    • spiritualize To extract spirit from.
    • spiritualize To convert into spirit, or impart the properties of spirit to. Also spelled spiritualise.
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  • George F. Will
    “We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.”
  • Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
    “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.”
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
    Dr. Joyce Brothers
    “Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.”
  • Albert Camus
    “It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.”
  • Van Morrison
    Van Morrison
    “Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. spiritualiser,


In literature:

It bears the marks of whatever spiritual fellowship and communion we keep with the Divine.
"How to Teach Religion" by George Herbert Betts
This is the clue to Eucken's teaching in regard to spiritual life.
"An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy" by W. Tudor Jones
To think thus of spiritual gifts and the growth of the spiritual life, is to follow a very dangerous delusion.
"Sermons at Rugby" by John Percival
Art is, in fact, a necessity to and a product of the spiritual life.
"Art" by Clive Bell
Nevertheless a demand for more physical evidence; but the physical cannot be allowed to overshadow the spiritual.
"The Relations Between Religion and Science" by Frederick, Lord Bishop of Exeter
Surely spiritual matters are worthy of an equally careful treatment.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
Thirdly, the family sets spiritual values first.
"Religious Education in the Family" by Henry F. Cope
And she would remain in her place of peace, building up between them the ramparts of the spiritual life.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
And according to Scripture, this is His plan of bringing up spiritual babes to spiritual manhood.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
It is shed upon the landscape like a spiritual and transparent veil.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Is it because Hearn had a morbid fondness for the tragic, and loved to dwell on mental, physical and spiritual disease?
"The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces" by Joyce Kilmer
A spiritual cosmopolitan, he was like most Frenchmen an ardent patriot.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
Spiritual, heavenly, and Christian: these three are one.
"The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians" by G. G. Findlay
Before the question of Spiritualism, however, arose in modern times, I had had my own little private experiences on the subject.
"There is no Death" by Florence Marryatt
Dr. Cummings's book, in fact, is a sort of spiritual primer for the use of those who are just beginning their spiritual education.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
There is a spiritual frenzy analogous to physical madness, and there are spiritual self-indulgences analogous to bodily intemperance.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Pastoral Epistles" by Alfred Plummer
General Booth has also testified to spiritual communion with the dead.
"The Wanderings of a Spiritualist" by Arthur Conan Doyle
It is not for us to say that spiritual evolution ought to proceed in this way or that.
"Judges and Ruth" by Robert A. Watson
There was the spiritual charm of the silent old house, with its vibrating memories of the long departed.
"Ghosts I Have Seen" by Violet Tweedale
The only difference is that with the more spiritual faith it takes a more spiritual form.
"Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther" by Walter Adeney

In poetry:

The bravest soul truly conquers all,
In seeing God in our fellow man,
This planet is just a spinning ball
Of God's wondrous spiritual plan.
"The Bravest Soul" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
O living will that shalt endure
When all that seems shall suffer shock,
Rise in the spiritual rock,
Flow thro' our deeds and make them pure,
"In Memoriam 131: O Living Will That Shalt Endure" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
To gaze on the sunbeams enkindling the sky--
A loftier life to invite--
A light that illumines my spiritual eye,
And inspires my pen as I write;
"Resolutions For The Day" by Mary Baker Eddy
We see, hear, hold him yet! To our emotion
Only a change of deeper awe is given;
Naught dies upon the spiritual ocean
That had its life from Heaven.
"The Bishop Of Winchester. In Memoriam. (From 'The Guardian,' July 30, 1873)" by Samuel John Stone
In the resurrection men shall rise-
Not those, steeped in sin and lies,
But the souls of love for good and truth
Shall blossom forth in spiritual youth.
"The Wicked Dies" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
There ponder'd, felt I,
If worms, snakes, loathsome grubs, may to sweet spiritual songs be
If vermin so transposed, so used, so bless'd may be,
"Wandering At Morn" by Walt Whitman

In news:

As minister of parish life, he serves the spiritual needs of the faithful at St Paul United Church of Christ.
Spiritual writer Kathleen Norris sits in front of the sculpture "Seated Cardinal 1975-77" at the Getty Center Museum in Los Angeles.
In this Aug 13, 2012, AP photo, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama waves to the media in Jammu, India.
But Einstein was both a spiritual man and a scientist.
Michael Downey, who teaches Theology and Spirituality at St John's Seminary, Camarillo, wrote, a few years ago, Altogether Gift: A Trinitarian Spirituality.
Our Lady of Toledo Shrine spiritual committee meeting 12 pm today, 655 S Coy Rd.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, 20103 Highway 525, Freeland, deals with " Humanism vs Spirituality" at 10 am Sunday, July 29.
The global reach of India's spiritual heritage continues to beckon travelers to its hallowed grounds and the ashrams—repositories of wisdom, learning and healing, both spiritual and physical.
A spiritual partnership is a partnership between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth.
The transcendent power of music has long been recognized as a vehicle for spiritual practice and a path to spiritual fulfillment and enlightenment.
Spiritual author Dr Wayne Dyer talks about why it's important to make your bond with spirituality your number one priority.
The Center for Spiritual Living, Simi Valley is a spiritual community where you are encouraged to find and live from your authentic self.
Jeremiah Wright, personal spiritual advisor to Barack Obama, has anyone thought far enough into the future to realize who the spiritual advisor to the President of United States might be if Sen Obama is elected.
BOB ABERNETHY, host: From time to time on this program we have referred to spiritual direction and spiritual directors.
Circle of Truth, a new spiritual study group, has formed to serve individuals interested in spiritual growth and development.

In science:

If this feeling be not deceptive, if our effort be a spiritual force, and an indeterminate one, then of course it contributes coequally with the cerebral conditions to the result.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Emotion Processing Effects on Interference Resolution in Working Memory. Emotion, 8(2), 267-280. Levine, D. S. & Perlovsky, L. I. (2008) Neuroscientific insights on Biblical myths: Simplifying heuristics versus careful thinking: Scientific analysis of millennial spiritual issues.
Curiosity and Pleasure
Music may be considered to link all of the emotional, spiritual, and physical elements of the universe.
Music in Terms of Science
Fern´andez who gave to them material and spiritual support at the starting time of their research work.
Geometric Algebras
The Sokal affair gives us a good opportunity to reformulate, on a new and rigorous basis, not only the conditions for the dialogue between the hard sciences and the humanities, but also of the dialogue between science and culture, science and society and science and spirituality.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
This compromise allowed the physicality of science to coexist with the spirituality of religion.
The emergence of the physical world from information processing
If by these remarks I have created the impression that local quantum physics is one of the conceptually most fertile and spiritually (not historically) young areas of future basic research with relevance to the basics of measurement and quantum computation, I have accomplished the purpose of these notes.
Basic Quantum Theory and Measurement from the Viewpoint of Local Quantum Physics
In the words of Karl Jaspers the university as a phenomenon of culture brings together those who are willing to cognize scientifically and to live spiritually.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
And, in spiritu loci, many analyses presented at this conference consider the limitations of DGLAP evolution, ask whether BFKL evolution might be more appropriate.
Experimental Summary of HSQCD2005
He was also interested in Spiritualism which at the time had a popular following throughout the United Kingdom which included Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). A branch of the Society for Psychical Research was established in Dublin in 1908 (134) and Gore served as its Vice Chairman for a time (135).
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
For a fascinating account of the Dublin branch of the Society for Psychical Research, including an analysis of the membership, the reader is directed to: McCorristine S., Estudios Irlandeses, 6, 39 53 (2011), William Fletcher Barrett, Spiritualism, and Psychical Research in Edwardian Dublin.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness