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[spir-i-choo-uh-list] /ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu ə lɪst/
an adherent of spiritualism.
a person who is concerned with or insists on the spiritual side of things.
Origin of spiritualist
1640-50; spiritual + -ist
Related forms
antispiritualist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The spiritualist declared that he was not himself, and retired with an air of displeasure from the table.

    Smoke Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
  • spiritualist as he was, Descartes was not disposed to be the martyr of thought.

  • At the time of his marriage he called himself an agnostic, and, as we have seen, he was always something of a spiritualist.

  • He was down on her 'cause she was a spiritualist and believed in fortune tellers and such.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In the end the whole thing was found to be a hoax and to have been organised by the spiritualist's friends.

    Occultism and Common-Sense Beckles Willson
  • “You are the first spiritualist I ever talked to, Mrs. Walters,” he said amiably.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • It may not help the spiritualist in the least degree positively.

  • You may call me a spiritualist, if you like, for I have no reverence for or aversion to names.

  • With psychology as a starting-point, and eclecticism as a method, Cousin attempted to establish a spiritualist doctrine.

Word Origin and History for spiritualist

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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