spiritualizemedical dictionary

1. To refine intellectiually or morally; to purify from the corrupting influence of the world; to give a spiritual character or tendency to; as, to spiritualize soul. "This seen in the clear air, and the whole spiritualized by endless recollections, fills the eye and the heart more forcibly than I can find words to say." (Carlyle)

2. To give a spiritual meaning to; to take in a spiritual sense; opposed to literalize.

3. <chemistry> To extract spirit from; also, to convert into, or impregnate with, spirit.

Origin: Cf. F. Spiritualiser.

(01 Mar 1998)