[From Latin spiritus: the animating principle of humans or of supposed non-physical beings.]

  1. (metaphysics) The belief that there exist purely spiritual entities that do not have bodies or other physical manifestations, or that there exists a spiritual world or realm above and beyond the physical world.

  2. (epistemology) Another term for mysticism.

  3. (ethics) The view that spiritual concerns are more important than this-worldly concerns (a kind of idealism or asceticism that is opposed to secularism).

The Ism Book by Peter Saint-Andre

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