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  • verb purify from the corrupting influences of the world
  • verb give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense


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  • Congress session in Calcutta and spent more than a month with G.K. Gokhale whom he admired greatly for his efforts to "spiritualise" politics and to organise a corps of


  • As far as the divine law is concerned, he again distinguishes what Christ had to complete, what he had to supersede and what he had to spiritualise, that is, perficere, solvere, demutare).

    History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7) Adolph Harnack 1890

  • "spiritualise," because, like Ignatius, they assign a spiritual significance to the flesh and blood of Christ himself (summary of wisdom).

    History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7) Adolph Harnack 1890

  • What Sri Aurobindo posits is the perfect solution: to immortalise the body, to spiritualise the material, to divinise the human.

    The eternal opposites have met in Sri Aurobindo. Tusar N Mohapatra 2006

  • The wiser effort would have been to diffuse thought and imagination through the opaque substance of to-day, and thus to make it a bright transparency; to spiritualise the burden that began to weigh so heavily; to seek, resolutely, the true and indestructible value that lay hidden in the petty and wearisome incidents, and ordinary characters with which I was now conversant.

    The Scarlet Letter 2002

  • Men and ministers calling themselves Gentiles, are rude enough to spiritualise the blessings of Judah, and stealing them, apply them to themselves.

    The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882 Joseph Wild

  • How to spiritualise education is the real problem, for it is only by a spiritualised education that we can escape from the avalanche of materialism that is hanging over the European world just now.

    Cambridge Essays on Education Various

  • So we spiritualise the material universe, and afterwards, by an incongruous consistency, anthropomorphise spirit.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847 Various

  • But, strange to say, after all this plainness of speech, men have become so accustomed to spiritualise and generalise that Anti-Christ stood for

    The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882 Joseph Wild

  • All these things have been and are fulfilled, or fulfilling, and though men are wonderfully given to spiritualising, few, if any, venture to spiritualise

    The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882 Joseph Wild


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