an adherent of spiritualism.
a person who is concerned with or insists on the spiritual side of things.

1640–50; spiritual + -ist

antispiritualist, noun, adjective
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spiritualism (ˈspɪrɪtjʊəˌlɪzəm)
1.  the belief that the disembodied spirits of the dead, surviving in another world, can communicate with the living in this world, esp through mediums
2.  the doctrines and practices associated with this belief
3.  philosophy the belief that because reality is to some extent immaterial it is therefore spiritual
4.  any doctrine (in philosophy, religion, etc) that prefers the spiritual to the material
5.  the condition or quality of being spiritual

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Word Origin & History

1852, "one who believes in the ability of the living to communicate with the dead via a medium," from spiritual (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]
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Example sentences
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.
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