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Examples of poltergeist in a Sentence
we thought a poltergeist was knocking dishes off the shelves, but it turned out to just be vibrations from passing trains
Recent Examples of poltergeist from the Web
Like a poltergeist, a Boggart is not and never has been truly alive.
Like some kind of Newtonian poltergeist, gravity spilled nails, tipped boards over the edge and tugged my power cord to the ground, forcing me down and up my ladder over and over.
As a powerhouse producer for Steven Spielberg and now president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy has for decades tackled some of Hollywood’s most famous monsters: gremlins, poltergeists, T. rexes and the dark side of the Force.
Both films focus on a different poltergeist case from the files of real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Your story about an unearthly black dog or a benevolent poltergeist may entertain me or even give me a chill.
But according to some users, Ring sometimes fails to sound the bell, or does so after a substantial delay, or even absent any visitor, like a poltergeist.
The Ring is one of the biggest horror films of our generation, and the lead poltergeist, Samara, is destined to haunt our dreams (and potentially dimension-crossing TV screens) for the rest of time... or at least the next 7 days.
Josh Quinn from Boone County Distillery, Gregg Wilson from Rhinegeist Brewery and Hysterical Hauntings actors entertain with area history and poltergeist lore.
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Did You Know?
One of the tricks a poltergeist is known for is making "knocking" noises, so it will come as no surprise to learn that the word poltergeist translates literally from German as knocking spirit. The German verb poltern means "to knock, and "Geist" is the German word for "spirit." Another "Geist" descendant in English is "zeitgeist" ("the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era"). The English word ghost is also related; it descends from the same ancient root that led to "Geist." Although "ghost" has been used in English since before the 12th century, "poltergeist" is a relative newcomer, first appearing as an English word in the middle of the 19th century.
POLTERGEIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of poltergeist for English Language Learners
: a ghost that makes strange noises and causes objects to move
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