• WordNet 3.6
    • n spiritualism concern with things of the spirit
    • n spiritualism the belief that the spirits of dead people can communicate with people who are still alive (especially via a medium)
    • n spiritualism (theology) any doctrine that asserts the separate existence of God
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spiritualism 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. "What is called spiritualism should, I think, be called a mental species of materialism."
    • Spiritualism (Physiol) 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.
    • Spiritualism The quality or state of being spiritual.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spiritualism The state of being spiritual; spiritual character.
    • n spiritualism In philosophy, the doctrine of the existence of spirit as distinct from matter, or as the only reality: opposed to materialism.
    • n spiritualism The belief that disembodied spirits can and do communicate with the living, especially through the agency of a person particularly susceptible to spiritualistic influences, called a medium; also, the various doctrines and theories, collectively, founded upon this belief. In its modern form, spiritualism originated in the State of New York in the year 1848, and since that time has extended over the United States and Europe. The mediums through whom the supposed communications take place are of various kinds, no fewer than twenty-four different classes being mentioned in the books explanatory of spiritualism. Among the chief methods of communication are rappings, table-tippings, writing, and speaking; in the latter forms of communication the medium is supposed to be fully possessed by the spirit for the time being. Spiritualism has no formal system of theology, and it is contended by many of its advocates that it is not necessarily inconsistent with the maintenance of a faith otherwise Christian, and that spirit-communications are providential interventions for the purpose of inculcating the doctrine of immortality, and counteracting the material tendencies of the age. The meetings for spiritualistic communications are commonly called séances. Also spiritism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spiritualism a being spiritual: the philosophical doctrine that nothing is real but soul or spirit: the doctrine that spirit has a real existence apart from matter: the name applied to a varied series of abnormal phenomena purporting to be for the most part caused by spiritual beings acting upon specially sensitive persons or mediums
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  • John Milton
    “Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth unseen, both when we sleep and when we awake.”
  • Tatsuhiko Andoh
    Tatsuhiko Andoh
    “Most important for us is a good spiritual relationship between employees and management.”
  • George F. Will
    “We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.”
  • Matthew Arnold
    “Greatness is a spiritual condition.”
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
    Dr. Joyce Brothers
    “Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.”
  • Van Morrison
    Van Morrison
    “Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spiritus, a breath—spirāre, to breathe.


In literature:

After all, I doubt if I am so far behind you in spiritual experience.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
Meantime, the soul of man, a spiritual being dwelling in a material body on the physical plane, is seeking real knowledge of spiritual things.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
She was beautiful in every sense of the word; physically and spiritually.
"Flash-lights from the Seven Seas" by William L. Stidger
Even more markedly does help come from without and from within, when the prayer is for spiritual enlightenment, for spiritual growth.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
In a spiritual sense, those who believe in Christ.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
Israel's religion so completely satisfied every spiritual craving that no room was left for the growth of the poetic instinct.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
Does it help them spiritually?
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
He is beginning to see a purpose in all his literary and spiritual rambles.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The rejection of the crude theories of spiritualism is not altogether the result of wilful blindness.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
We come back to recognize, what St. Paul realized in his own deep spiritual experience and taught the Church at the beginning.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians" by Charles Gore

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
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
All fullness of peace, All fullness of joy,
And spiritual bliss That never shall cloy:
To us it is given In Jesus to know
A kingdom of heaven, A heaven below.
"Hymn XIX: Rejoice Evermore With Angels Above" by Charles Wesley
O amazement of things! even the least particle!
O spirituality of things!
O strain musical, flowing through ages and continents—now reaching
me and America!
"Song At Sunset" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o, burdened by tragedy, says he's never been so spiritually strong.
Thoughts on raising a family and growing spiritually in a time of social change.
Kyriacos Markides, "The Mystical Spirituality of the Byzantine East".
Over 100 years of camping, friendship, and spiritual fun.
The congregation's spiritual leader, Rabbi Zev Katz, started the program with a dvar Torah.
At the Christian Science service Sunday, July 29, the topic will be on spiritual love, God, the source of all health, hope and happiness.
Exploring the connection between health, thought, and spirituality with Keith Wommack.
Older adults find comfort and companionship in spirituality.
Our Catholic faith is lived through an array of spiritual traditions.
Jazz, hymns and spirituals to be performed in Doylestown, Pa. Get the latest updates.
DUNCAN — Prayer has been part of the human experience for eons and many believe in its spiritual power, not the least of whom are the members of Duncan's Church Women United.
Athletes say spirituality helps during tough times.
One of the most common goals I've worked on with life coaching clients in the last decade is "to develop and nurture" their spirituality.
Ed and Deb Shapiro, spiritual teachers.
What would you say is the essence of Thomas Merton 's spirituality.

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