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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
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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.
Based on Toni Morrison’s novel of the same name, the film, set shortly after the Civil War, follows a former slave as a poltergeist haunts her Cincinnati home.
For their part, Hill and Sheldon have never seen any poltergeists in any Dark Harbor mazes.
Poltergeist was written by Steven Spielberg and and released to great success in 1982.
Far away in New York, a young man hired to watch the poltergeist-attracting glass box is distracted by a latte delivery, which leads to another bloodbath.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of poltergeist
First Known Use: 1848See Words from the same year
Synonymsapparition, bogey (also bogie or bogy), familiar spirit, hant [dialect], haunt [chiefly dialect], materialization, phantasm (also fantasm), phantom, ghost, shade, shadow, specter (or spectre), spirit, spook, sprite, vision, visitant, wraith
Related Wordsangel, daimon, familiar, genie, genius, jinni (or jinn also djinni or djinn), shaitan; double, doppelgänger (or doppelganger), fetch; lemures, manes; incubus, lamia, succubus, vampire, zombie (also zombi); cacodemon, demon (or daemon), devil, fiend, ghoul, imp
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