Welcome to the Ghostly World Dictionary, the official terminology guide by Ghostly World. Here, you will find all the words you need to having fluent paranormal lingo.
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Life after death.
- Person who attempts to communicate information to another in an ESP experiment.
- The subject in a psychokinesis experiment.
- Person who is the focus of poltergeist activity.
Living, especially still living, and not dead.
Lacking defined form or shape.
The ghost of an animal, oftentimes pets.
Beyond the realm of normalcy.
Appearance of a ghost or the deceased.
The arrival of an object (living, dead, or inanimate) during a séance or haunting.
The disappearance of objects that may reappear elsewhere or not at all.
When the spirit exits the body to either the astral plane or a different location on this plane. (also called “O.B.E”).
Energy that surrounds and emanates from all living things.
A phenomenon that involves people writing without conscious thought.
The event of subconscious communicating with the conscious through means such as the Ouija Board, automatic writing, or pendulum swinging.
Ghosts looking to right the wrongs of something that happened during their lifetime.
Female Irish spirit who brings warnings of impending deaths. Those who do not hear her screams are the next victims.
A ghost that does not cause harm.
Being in or appearing to be in two different locations at the same time.
Stereotypical noise of a ghost that does not occur in real cases.
Ghosts that call out the names of the living in order to attract their attention.
Video recording tool used to capture video evidence of ghosts.
Photo-taking tool used in ghost hunting to capture evidence.
The process used by mediums in order to communicate with the dead.
A psychic with the ability to foresee the future.
A psychic with the ability to hear voices and sounds inaudible to the normal human ear.
A psychic with the ability to feel things not normally felt by the average person.
A less religious form of exorcism that is utilized to remove spirits.
An area where the temperature is significantly lower than everywhere else and is believed to be caused by a ghost.
An apparition that is sighted by multiple witnesses at the same time.
Body of a dead human, oftentimes decomposed when referred to as a ‘corpse’.
Ghosts that bear important messages for the living (see ‘Message-Bringers’).
Bad luck placed by an individual on an item or person.
An abandoned website that lures in visitors and allows them to send emails that will never receive replies.
Ghosts that appear on the anniversary to a significant event.
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)
Mexican celebration honoring the dead.
Having once lived and since had their life come to an end.
No longer alive (see ‘Dead’).
Deep Trance Medium
A psychic that allows a ghost to enter their body so that spirits can communicate through them.
The sensation of feeling that one has experienced current events before.
The fading or disappearance of a physical object.
Evil spirit capable of harming the living, often by means of scratches and/or possession; spirits from Hell.
Black dogs with red eyes that are said to haunt England (see ‘Phantom Dog’).
Recording device used in ghost hunting that was later replaced by the EVP Reader.
Temperature recording tool used to detect drops in temperature, often caused by ghosts.
A spirit that exists while lacking a physical body.
The ability to feel or notice something while using the mind and senses.
Coming from somebody who cannot be seen in a way that may be eerie or frightening.
A voice that emanates from someone with no physical body (see ‘EVP’).
The obtainment of future events and the unknown via outside forces.
Russian ghost that is said to do housework of it is treated well.
German for “double walker”; the identical image of a living person.
Icelandic word for ghost.
A sequence of images that appear involuntarily to the mind of somebody who is sleeping, often a mixture of real and imaginary characters, places, and events.
Coldness produced by a ghost.
A substance that emanates from a medium during a trance; often appears as a mist-like or vapor substance; can be seen moving, often faces and other forms can been seen in it.
Electro-Magnetic (Electro-Magnetic Radiation)
Energy said to be produced by ghosts, though not in all cases of electro-magnetics.
Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF)
An electric and magnetic energy that radiates from radio and light waves to gamma and cosmic rays
Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP)
Voices heard only on EVP recorders or cassette tapes and not to the naked ear; voices of spirits.
Gauge designed to read levels of EMFs (also called ‘EMF Detector’).
Someone who shows a considerable amount of empathy physicallyEpitaphWords or phrases etched onto a tombstone.
Spanish word for ghostEvocationSummoning spirits by means of ritual, gesture, or verse of incantation.
Gauge designed to record noises or voices created by ghosts.
The expulsion of ghosts, spirits, and other entities (primarily demons) that are disturbing or possessing a person or a place.
Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)
The ability to receive or obtain information about past, present, or future events; includes telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition.
Italian word for ghost; Spanish word for ghost.
Light-bringing tool used in ghost hunts to eliminate use of larger lights.
Tool used by ghost hunters to read electro-magnetic radiation.
Soul of the deceased.
Tool used for communicating to ghosts in a more ‘live’ way than EVPs.
An individual who studies and looks for ghosts, often times working to rid a location of harmful/bothersome spirits.
Larger and brighter versions or orbs.
Chinese celebration in which ghosts are said to come to Earth to visit loved ones.
The apparition of a ship that has been known to have disappeared or wrecked in the past; apparition of a ship that warns of pending disaster.
An abandoned town lacking inhabitants that is not necessarily haunted.
Apparitions of trains that are not physically there.
Ghost-like; mystic; having traits of a ghost.
A larger glob version of an orb.
Place in which a body is buried.
Place in which the dead are buried.
Chinese word for ghost.
Americanised holiday that originated from Ireland as ‘All Hallows Eve’; celebrated to protect children from demons.
Location with lingering soul(s); place that has paranormal activity.
Home that is haunted by a ghost/ghosts; a theme park attraction used for scaring purposes.
Ghosts who are attached to a place, often emotionally.
Paranormal phenomena including apparitions, unexplained sounds, smells, and other sensations, and odd occurrences involving a dead person.
Indian ghosts who died violently and didn’t get a proper burial.
An act intended to trick people into believing something is real when it is not.
Incapable of dying; someone who died and came back as the undead to live forever.
A demonic entity capable of sexually arousing or assaulting women; the woman’s version of the succubus.
Multiple experiences from different individuals who did not have any prior knowledge of paranormal occurrences.
Mediumistic phenomenon in which the discarnate entity appears to speak using the vocal apparatus of the medium.
Repeated and persistent paranormal phenomena.
Lack of physical substance.
Haunting and paranormal activity caused by an intelligent or conscious spirit.
The summoning of spirits.
Charged particles that ghosts can reverse the charge of.
South African word for ghost.
Saudi Arabian word for ghost.
Keelung Ghost Day Festival
Taiwanese celebration for ghosts.
Kenyan word for ghost.
The lifting of a person into the air without any visible means.
Psychokinetic effects that can be directly observed rather than only inferred from statistical analysis.
Harmful; a dangerous ghost.
Spirits who destroy or damage things of personal or financial value for the sake of causing harm.
An indication that something is present, real, or exists.
New Zealand ghosts who speak only to magicians in whistles and squeaks.
The formation of a visible and physical form of a spirit.
The minds attempt to create images as something else when they are not.
Recording of temperature or electromagnetic field changes.
Psychic practitioner (see ‘Psychic’).
The study of what is beyond the laws of physics.
Ghosts who bring messages, such as someone’s death, someone needing help, or something that will happen.
Ghosts who are playful in their hauntings (see ‘Poltergeist’).
Foggy white patch in front of or behind objects.
A living being that will be born, live, and die.
Phillipino word for ghost.
Act of killing an individual/multiple people intentionally (excluding kills on a battlefield).
Near-Death Experience (NDE)
An experience in which someone was pronounced dead or very close to death, but was still alive.
The practice of communicating with the dead in order to obtain knowledge of the future, others’ secrets, etc.
African ghost; spirit of someone who died and did not receive a proper burial.
Watching/witnessing paranormal activity; noting things about an occurrence.
Esoteric systems of belief and practice that assume the existence of mysterious forces and entities.
Small, pale globes of light.
Board used to contact spirits that is typically used in seances.
The physical manifestation of paranormal activity.
Unable to be explained or understood in terms of scientific knowledge.
The study of supposed mental phenomena that cannot be explained by known psychological or scientific principles, e.g. extrasensory perception and telepathy.
Individuals who study parapsychology; ghost hunters (see ‘Parapsychology’).
An apparition or specter that exists only as energy.
The paralysis that occurs when one is under attack by supernatural or preternatural forces (also called ‘Psychic Paralysis’).
Ghost dogs of superstition (see ‘Devil Hound’).
Phi Ta Khan Festival
Thailand’s ghost festival.
A triangular instrument that is used as a pointer to answer questions on the Ouija Board.
German word for “noisy spirit”; activity is often times playful and like that of a prankster.
When a person’s body is taken over by a spirit, often times a demonic one.
Religious means of ridding of ghosts
Knowledge of pending future events.
Vision; feeling or warning about future events (see ‘Vision’).
Claiming, or believed to have, extraordinary sensitivity to nonphysical or supernatural forces.
An attack that can either be mental or physical by a spirit.
The belief in which a part of a person’s soul survives death and can be reborn in a new body in the future.
Same occurrences produced by a ghost or haunting over and over again.
Ghosts who replay a point in their lives, and often do not interact in the living.
A psychic imprint of a scene that repeats itself; there is no interaction between the dead and the living.
Retroactive Psycho Kinesis
Paranormal influence that an agent can have on an experiment after it has been completed.
Paranormal knowledge of past events.
An herb used to rid of ghosts while it burns.
A mineral that is believed to block out ghosts if scattered.
A meeting at which a spiritualist attempts to receive communications from the spirits of the dead.
Japanese ghosts that haunt the ocean and are friendly to the living.
Said to protect the wearer from ghosts.
A sensation of being awake but unable to move (also called ‘Old Hag Syndrome’).
The complex of human attributes that manifests as consciousness, thought, feeling, and will, regarded as distinct from the physical body.
Ghostly apparition (also spelled ‘specter’).
Italian word for ghost.
Synonym for ghost (see ‘Ghost)
Spoken, written, or coded messages from ghosts.
Photographs of ghosts.
Religion based strongly on paranormal, death, and the afterlife.
Danish word for ghost.
Mysterious wounds or markings found on a person’s body that correspond with the wounds of Jesus Christ.
Czech Republican word for ghost.
Perceiving while lacking conscious awareness.
A demonic entity that inspires lust in men and then assaults them.
Relating to or attributed to phenomena that cannot be explained by natural laws.
Legend; embellished tale often passed down through the generations.
Irish word for ghost.
Moving objects around solely by the power of the mind.
The ability to communicate mind-to-mind opposed to speaking.
Paranormal transportation of objects or people to a different place.
Grave marker (see ‘Grave’).
Clear; possible to see through (see ‘Translucency’).
Able to see through; clearness (see ‘Translucent’).
In fiction, especially vampire and zombie stories, people or other beings who are technically dead but still exist, move, and interact with the living in a physical form
Other witnesses/evidence to prove that an experience occured.
Dream that foretells a future event, such as good fortune, an accident, or a death.
Practice of black magic; originates from Haiti, and has spread into the New Orleans area.
A white cloud shaped like a small, wispy tornado.
A combination of all audible frequencies
Ghost lights; scientists say they are burning gasses (also called ‘Jack-O’-Lanterns’).
The ghost of a sorcerer who was unable to save himself with his spells.
Japanese word for ghost, meaning “dim (yuu) “soul” (rei) (also spelled ‘Yurei’).
A dead corpse reanimated by a voodoo practitioner; in popular culture, often created by disease, nuclear energy/radiation, or other means.
Dutch word for ghost.