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

She was more of a spiritualist, a New Age believer in the power of good and the mysteries of the universe.
The Day the Fairytale Died Marilyn Johnson July 11, 2014

Historical Examples

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.
A History of French Literature Edward Dowden

At the time of his marriage he called himself an agnostic, and, as we have seen, he was always something of a spiritualist.
The Life of Sir Richard Burton Thomas Wright

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.
Natural Law in the Spiritual World Henry Drummond

You may call me a spiritualist, if you like, for I have no reverence for or aversion to names.
The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862 Various

With psychology as a starting-point, and eclecticism as a method, Cousin attempted to establish a spiritualist doctrine.
A History of French Literature Edward Dowden


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]


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