Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The belief that the dead communicate with the living; spiritualism.
  • n. The practices or doctrines of those holding such a belief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. spiritualism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Spiritualsm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as spiritualism, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. concern with things of the spirit

Etymologies

spirit +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hugo's dabbling in spiritism at the time: Oh! Sefton,

    Alexis Soyer and the Rise of the Celebrity Chef

  • Study and inquiry should eradicate the superstition and the fraud called spiritism, and people should be protected against a most dangerous and cowardly form of crime -- criminal hypnotism.

    Inferences from Haunted Houses and Haunted Men

  • The phenomena of so-called spiritism, while not as yet justifying

    Modern Religious Cults and Movements

  • “Mr. Arbitage, on the other hand, embraces the idea of spiritism, and of speaking with our dear departed ones on the Other Side.

    To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • "Then there was the giving heed to seducing spirits _and teachings of demons_ (demonology, called spiritism) '_forbidding to marry_'

    The Mark of the Beast

  • "nerve-force," wherein, while admitting that great and good men believed in the phenomena of "spiritism," he concluded that they were overhasty in assigning causes.

    The Tyranny of the Dark

  • Inspiration of this type occurs in spiritism and in other religions, where the prophet writes down divine dictation in ecstasy.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • But that is no reason that we should immediately account for it by labelling it spiritism.

    Jack London's Story - Moon Face: Planchette pg 3 of 3

  • While the rest argued pro and con and the air was filled with phrases, — "psychic phenomena," "self-hypnotism," "residuum of unexplained truth," and "spiritism," — she was reviving mentally the girlhood pictures she had conjured of this soldier-father she had never seen.

    Jack London's Story - Moon Face: Planchette pg 3 of 3

  • She could skin the ordinary kahuna lapaau (medicine man) when it came to praying to Lonopuha and Koleamoku; read dreams and visions and signs and omens and indigestions to beat the band; make the practitioners under the medicine god, Maiola, look like thirty cents; pull off a pule hoe incantation that would make them dizzy; and she claimed to a practice of kahuna hoenoho, which is modern spiritism, second to none.

    SHIN-BONES

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