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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).]
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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]
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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]
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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
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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
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poltergeist

[ˈpɒltərgaɪst] nesprit m frappeur
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

poltergeist

nPoltergeist m, → Klopfgeist m
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poltergeist

[ˈpɒltəˌgaɪst] npoltergeist m inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

poltergeist

(ˈpoltəgaist, (American) ˈpoul-) noun
a kind of ghost that moves furniture etc.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Gemma goes on to speculate, perfectly naturally, that the poltergeist phenomena might have been sparked by her mum's less-than-ideal taste in footwear.
"Although I am myself quite satisfied of the reality of many of these poltergeist phenomena," Thurston writes, "I have no thought of contesting the fact that nothing more purposeless-one might say nothing more childish--could be imagined than these incomprehensible displays of some Puck-like spook bent on every exasperating form of mischief."
Among the phenomena said to have been seen there are pools of water that appeared mysteriously on the floors and strange banging sounds, accompanied by other poltergeist phenomena. The wandering spirit of Lucy Barlow, one-time mistress to Charles II, is said to float through the haunted rooms of Roch Castle.
Many years ago I watched a psychically gifted mother-and-daughter team rid a house of bothersome and sometimes terrifying poltergeist phenomena. Skeptical from the start, I studied the sensitive child's eyes as they followed "three spirits" around the house during the procedure.
But in fact after the Clerical visits the poltergeist phenomena became worse.