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pol·ter·geist

 (pōl′tər-gīst′)
n.
A ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.

[German : poltern, to make noises (from Middle High German boldern) + Geist, ghost (from Middle High German, from Old High German).]

poltergeist

(ˈpɒltəˌɡaɪst)
n
(Alternative Belief Systems) a spirit believed to manifest its presence by rappings and other noises and also by acts of mischief, such as throwing furniture about
[C19: from German, from poltern to be noisy + Geist ghost]

pol•ter•geist

(ˈpoʊl tərˌgaɪst)

n.
a ghost or spirit supposed to manifest its presence by noises, knockings, etc.
[1840–50; < German Poltergeist=polter(n) to make noise, knock, rattle + Geist ghost]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poltergeist - a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder
ghost - the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
Translations
полтъргайст
strašidlo
poltergejst
poltergeisträyhähenki
esprit frappeurpoltergeist
kopogó szellem
ærsladraugur
ポルターガイスト現象
폴터가이스트
poltergeistas
poltergeistsmājas gars

poltergeist

[ˈpɔːltəgaɪst] Nduende m

poltergeist

[ˈpɒltərgaɪst] nesprit m frappeur

poltergeist

nPoltergeist m, → Klopfgeist m

poltergeist

[ˈpɒltəˌgaɪst] npoltergeist m inv

poltergeist

(ˈpoltəgaist, (American) ˈpoul-) noun
a kind of ghost that moves furniture etc.
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Staff and regulars at the pub have reported all kinds of strange happenings, from poltergeist activity to full apparitions.
The staff regularly report poltergeist activity but we were assured the spirits are more mischievous than malicious.
This pattern of effects is reminiscent of the wave-like patterns of activities described by Joines in his examination of poltergeist activity (Joines, 1975; Roll, 2003) which provides an interesting comparison between the effects observed in the unintentional PK activity of poltergeists and the intentional healing activities demonstrated in these studies.
Murder, suicide and adultery are events that have allegedly led to poltergeist activity and screams in the dark cellars of the famous Black Country landmark.
Poltergeist activity has never been scientifically proved and many experts are highly sceptical that it has ever occurred.
In the following years, he founded the Hampshire Psychical Society, investigated poltergeist activity, attended seances and was approached to join the mystical cult The Golden Dawn, of which 'the wickedest man in the world' Aleister Crowley was a member.
In May, Timothy Spall starred in Sky's The Enfield Haunting, playing real-life inventor psychical researcher Maurice Grosse who, from 1977 to 1979, was involved in investigate supposed poltergeist activity in a council house in north London.
Over the years the Plough and Harrow in Monknash, near Llantwit Major, is claimed to have suffered poltergeist activity, while the shadowy figure of a cloaked man is said to have been spotted there.
During the 19th century, Willington Mill gained a reputation for being haunted after bizarre noises, apparitions and poltergeist activity dogged the building.
Along the route - and maybe it's my imagination but it seemed to cover a smaller area this year - noises chatter in the undergrowth before we encounter spurting fire, sounds and lights tearing up and down up the dene, gathering pace until our eyes can't keep up: it's like poltergeist activity except it made us laugh.
To attribute all poltergeist activity to "diabolical agency" is difficult, he writes, "if only because we credit the enemy of mankind with a higher level of intelligence than that which seems to prompt these outbreaks.