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spiritualist

[spir-i-choo-uh-list] /ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu ə lɪst/
noun
1.
an adherent of spiritualism.
2.
a person who is concerned with or insists on the spiritual side of things.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; spiritual + -ist
Related forms
antispiritualist, noun, adjective
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  • On one occasion he demonstrated to an astonished crowd how a visiting spiritualist had produced apparently ghostly occurrences.
  • Hearing about miraculous happenings in local spiritualist churches, he decided to see for himself.
  • For many years he was considered the representative spiritualist of the world.
Word Origin and History for spiritualist
n.

1852, "one who believes in the ability of the living to communicate with the dead via a medium," from spiritual + -ist (also see spirit).

Every two or three years the Americans have a paroxysm of humbug -- ... at the present time it is Spiritual-ism. [J.Dix, "Transatlantic Tracings," 1853]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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