Spiritualism Spir"it*u*al*ism, n. 1. The quality or state of being spiritual. [1913 Webster]

2. (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. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

What is called spiritualism should, I think, be called a mental species of materialism. --R. H. Hutton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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