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.
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- 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
Hugo's dabbling in spiritism at the time: Oh! Sefton,
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.
The phenomena of so-called spiritism, while not as yet justifying
“Mr. Arbitage, on the other hand, embraces the idea of spiritism, and of speaking with our dear departed ones on the Other Side.
"Then there was the giving heed to seducing spirits _and teachings of demons_ (demonology, called spiritism) '_forbidding to marry_'
"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.
Inspiration of this type occurs in spiritism and in other religions, where the prophet writes down divine dictation in ecstasy.
But that is no reason that we should immediately account for it by labelling it spiritism.
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.
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.