negative electricity

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(Elec.) the kind of electricity which is developed upon resin or ebonite when rubbed, or which appears at that pole of a voltaic battery which is connected with the plate most attacked by the exciting liquid; - formerly called resinous electricity. Opposed to positive electricity. Formerly, according to Franklin's theory of a single electric fluid, negative electricity was supposed to be electricity in a degree below saturation, or the natural amount for a given body. See Electricity.

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This would be a quick fix, he said - a permanent solution would involve painting the walls red, symbolising fire, or terracotta, to 'earth' the negative electricity.
Franklin suggested that the excess be called positive electricity and the deficiency negative electricity.