Dictionary

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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A

Afterlife

Life after death.

Agent

  1. Person who attempts to communicate information to another in an ESP experiment.
  2. The subject in a psychokinesis experiment.
  3. Person who is the focus of poltergeist activity.

Alive

Living, especially still living, and not dead.

Amorphous

Lacking defined form or shape.

Animal Ghost

The ghost of an animal, oftentimes pets.

Anomalies

Beyond the realm of normalcy.

Apparition

Appearance of a ghost or the deceased.

Apport

The arrival of an object (living, dead, or inanimate) during a séance or haunting.

Asport

The disappearance of objects that may reappear elsewhere or not at all.

Astral Projection

When the spirit exits the body to either the astral plane or a different location on this plane. (also called “O.B.E”).

Aura

Energy that surrounds and emanates from all living things.

Automatic Writing

A phenomena that involves people writing without conscious thought.

Automatism

The event of subconscious communicating with the conscious through means such as the Ouija Board, automatic writing, or pendulum swinging.

Avengers

Ghosts looking to right the wrongs of something that happened during their lifetime.

B

Banshee

Female Irish spirit who brings warnings of impending deaths. Those who do not hear her screams are the next victims.

Benign Spirit

A ghost that does not cause harm.

Bilocation

Being in or appearing to be in two different locations at the same time.

Boo

Stereotypical noise of a ghost that does not occur in real cases.

C

Calling Ghosts

Ghosts that call out the names of the living in order to attract their attention.

Camcorder

Video recording tool used to capture video evidence of ghosts.

Camera

Photo-taking tool used in ghost hunting to capture evidence.

Channeling

The process used by mediums in order to communicate with the dead.

Clairvoyant

A psychic with the ability to foresee the future.

Clairaudient

A psychic with the ability to hear voices and sounds inaudible to the normal human ear.

Clairsentient

A psychic with the ability to feel things not normally felt by the average person.

Cleansing

A less religious form of exorcism that is utilized to remove spirits.

Cold Spot

An area where the temperature is significantly lower than everywhere else and is believed to be caused by a ghost.

Collective Apparition

An apparition that is sighted by multiple witnesses at the same time.

Corpse

Body of a dead human, oftentimes decomposed when referred to as a ‘corpse’.

Crisis Ghosts

Ghosts that bear important messages for the living (see ‘Message-Bringers’).

Curse

Bad luck placed by an individual on an item or person.

Cyber Ghost

An abandoned website that lures in visitors and allows them to send emails that will never receive replies.

Cyclic Ghosts

Ghosts that appear on the anniversary to a significant event.

D

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)

Mexican celebration honoring the dead.

Dead

Having once lived and since had their life come to an end.

Deceased

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.

Deja Vu

The sensation of feeling that one has experienced current events before.

Dematerialization

The fading or disappearance of a physical object.

Demon

Evil spirit capable of harming the living, often by means of scratches and/or possession; spirits from Hell.

Devil’s Hound

Black dogs with red eyes that are said to haunt England (see ‘Phantom Dog’).

Dictaphone

Recording device used in ghost hunting that was later replaced by the EVP Reader.

Digital Thermometer

Temperature recording tool used to detect drops in temperature, often caused by ghosts.

Discarnate

A spirit that exists while lacking a physical body.

Discernment

The ability to feel or notice something while using the mind and senses.

Disembodied

Coming from somebody who cannot be seen in a way that may be eerie or frightening.

Disembodied Voice

A voice that emanates from someone with no physical body (see ‘EVP’).

Divination

The obtainment of future events and the unknown via outside forces.

Domovoy

Russian ghost that is said to do housework of it is treated well.

Doppleganger

German for “double walker”; the identical image of a living person.

Draugur

Icelandic word for ghost.

Dream

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.

Dropping Temperature

Coldness produced by a ghost.

E

Ectoplasm

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.

 

EMF Reader

Gauge designed to read levels of EMFs (also called ‘EMF Detector’).

Empath

Someone who shows a considerable amount of empathy physicallyEpitaphWords or phrases etched onto a tombstone.

 

Espectro

Spanish word for ghostEvocationSummoning spirits by means of ritual, gesture, or verse of incantation.

 

EVP Reader

Gauge designed to record noises or voices created by ghosts.

Exorcism

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.

F

Fantasma

Italian word for ghost; Spanish word for ghost.

Flashlight

Light-bringing tool used in ghost hunts to eliminate use of larger lights.

G

Gauss Neter

Tool used by ghost hunters to read electro-magnetic radiation.

Ghost

Soul of the deceased.

Ghost Box

Tool used for communicating to ghosts in a more ‘live’ way than EVPs.

Ghost Hunter

An individual who studies and looks for ghosts, often times working to rid a location of harmful/bothersome spirits.

Ghost Lights

Larger and brighter versions or orbs.

Ghost Month

Chinese celebration in which ghosts are said to come to Earth to visit loved ones.

Ghost Ship

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.

Ghost Town

An abandoned town lacking inhabitants that is not necessarily haunted.

Ghost Train

Apparitions of trains that are not physically there.

Ghostly

Ghost-like; mystic; having traits of a ghost.

Ghoul

Violent ghosts.

Globule

A larger glob version of an orb.

Grave

Place in which a body is buried.

Graveyard

Place in which the dead are buried.

Gui

Chinese word for ghost.

H

Halloween

Americanised holiday that originated from Ireland as ‘All Hallows Eve’; celebrated to protect children from demons.

Haunted

Location with lingering soul(s); place that has paranormal activity.

Haunted House

Home that is haunted by a ghost/ghosts; a theme park attraction used for scaring purposes.

Haunters

Ghosts who are attached to a place, often emotionally.

Haunting

Paranormal phenomena including apparitions, unexplained sounds, smells, and other sensations, and odd occurrences involving a dead person.

Hindu Ghosts

Indian ghosts who died violently and didn’t get a proper burial.

Hoax

An act intended to trick people into believing something is real when it is not.

I

Immortal

Incapable of dying; someone who died and came back as the undead to live forever.

Incubus

A demonic entity capable of sexually arousing or assaulting women; the woman’s version of the succubus.

Independent Verification

Multiple experiences from different individuals who did not have any prior knowledge of paranormal occurences.

Indirect Voice

Mediumistic phenomenon in which the discarnate entity appears to speak using the vocal apparatus of the medium.

Infestation

Repeated and persistent paranormal phenomena.

Insubstantiality

Lack of physical substance.

Intelligent Haunting

Haunting and paranormal activity caused by an intelligent or conscious spirit.

Invocation

The summoning of spirits.

Ion Field

Charged particles that ghosts can reverse the charge of.

Isipoki

South African word for ghost.

J

Jinn

Saudi Arabian word for ghost.

K

Keelung Ghost Day Festival

Taiwanese celebration for ghosts.

Kizuka

Kenyan word for ghost.

L

Levitation

The lifting of a person into the air without any visible means.

M

Macro-PK

Psychokinetic effects that can be directly observed rather than only inferred from statistical analysis.

Malevolent

Harmful; a dangerous ghost.

Malicious

Spirits who destroy or damage things of personal or financial value for the sake of causing harm.

Manifestation

An indication that something is present, real, or exists.

Maori Ghosts

New Zealand ghosts who speak only to magicians in whistles and squeeks.

Materialization

The formation of a visible and physical form of a spirit.

Matrixing

The minds attempt to create images as something else when they are not.

Measurement

Recording of temperature or electromagnetic field changes.

Medium

Psychic practitioner (see ‘Psychic’).

Metaphysics

The study of what is beyond the laws of physics.

Message-Bringers

Ghosts who bring messages, such as someone’s death, someone needing help, or something that will happen.

Mischief-Makers

Ghosts who are playful in their hauntings (see ‘Poltergeist’).

Mist

Foggy white patch in front of or behind objects.

Mortal

A living being that will be born, live, and die.

Multo

Phillipino word for ghost.

Murder

Act of killing an individual/multiple people intentionally (excluding kills on a battlefield).

N

Near-Death Experience (NDE)

An experience in which someone was pronounced dead or very close to death, but was still alive.

Necromancy

The practice of communicating with the dead in order to obtain knowledge of the future, others’ secrets, etc.

O

Obambo

African ghost; spirit of someone who died and did not receive a proper burial.

Observation

Watching/witnessing paranormal activity; noting things about an occurence.

Occultism

Esoteric systems of belief and practice that assume the existence of mysterious forces and entities.

Orbs

Small, pale globes of light.

Ouija Board

Board used to contact spirits that is typically used in seances.

Outward Manifestation

The physical manifestation of paranormal activity.

P

Paranormal

Unable to be explained or understood in terms of scientific knowledge.

Parapsychology

The study of supposed mental phenomena that cannot be explained by known psychological or scientific principles, e.g. extrasensory perception and telepathy.

Parapsychologists

Individuals who study parapsychology; ghost hunters (see ‘Parapsychology’).

Phantom

An apparition or specter that exists only as energy.

Phantomania

The paralysis that occurs when one is under attack by supernatural or preternatural forces (also called ‘Psychic Paralysis’).

Phantom Dogs

Ghost dogs of superstition (see ‘Devil Hound’).

Phi Ta Khan Festival

Thailand’s ghost festival.

Planchette

A triangular instrument that is used as a pointer to answer questions on the Ouija Board.

Poltergeist

German word for “noisy spirit”; activity is often times playful and like that of a prankster.

Possession

When a person’s body is taken over by a spirit, often times a demonic one.

Prayer

Religious means of ridding of ghostsPrecognitionKnowledge of pending future events.

Premonition

Vision; feeling or warning about future events (see ‘Vision’).

Psychic

Claiming, or believed to have, extraordinary sensitivity to nonphysical or supernatural forces.

Psychic Attack

An attack that can either be mental or physical by a spirit.

R

Reincarnation

The belief in which a part of a person’s soul survives death and can be reborn in a new body in the future.

Repetition

Same occurences produced by a ghost or haunting over and over again.

Replay Ghost

Ghosts who replay a point in their lives, and often do not interact in the living.

Residual Haunting

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.

Retro Cognition

Paranormal knowledge of past events.

S

Sage

An herb used to rid of ghosts while it burns.

Salt

A mineral that is believed to block out ghosts if scattered.

Seance

A meeting at which a spiritualist attempts to receive communications from the spirits of the dead.

Shojo

Japanese ghosts that haunt the ocean and are friendly to the living.

Silk

Said to protect the wearer from ghosts.

Sleep Paralysis

A sensation of being awake but unable to move (also called ‘Old Hag Syndrome’).

Soul

The complex of human attributes that manifests as consciousness, thought, feeling, and will, regarded as distinct from the physical body.

Spectre

Ghostly apparition (also spelled ‘specter’).

Spettro

Italian word for ghost.

Spirit

Synonym for ghost (see ‘Ghost)Spirit MessageSpoken, written, or coded messages from ghosts.

Spirit Photography

Photographs of ghosts.

Spiritualist

Religion based strongly on paranormal, death, and the afterlife.

Spogelse

Danish word for ghost.

Stigmata

Mysterious wounds or markings found on a person’s body that correspond with the wounds of Jesus Christ.

Strasidlo

Czech Republican word for ghost.

Subliminal Perception

Perceiving while lacking conscious awareness.

Succubus

A demonic entity that inspires lust in men and then assaults them.

Supernatural

Relating to or attributed to phenomena that cannot be explained by natural laws.

Superstition

Legend; embellished tale often passed down through the generations.

T

Taibhse

Irish word for ghost.

Telekinesis

Moving objects around solely by the power of the mind.

Telepathy

The ability to communicate mind-to-mind opposed to speaking.

Teleportation

Paranormal transportation of objects or people to a different place.

Tombstone

Grave marker (see ‘Grave’).

Translucent

Clear; possible to see through (see ‘Translucency’).

Translucency

Able to see through; clearness (see ‘Translucent’).

U

Undead

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

V

Verification

Other witnesses/evidence to prove that an experience occured.

Vision

Dream that foretells a future event, such as good fortune, an accident, or a death.

Voodoo

Practice of black magic; originates from Haiti, and has spread into the New Orleans area.

Vortex

A white cloud shaped like a small, wispy tornado.

W

White Noise

A combination of all audible frequencies

Will-O’-The-Wisps

Ghost lights; scientists say they are burning gasses (also called ‘Jack-O’-Lanterns’).

Wraith

The ghost of a sorcerer who was unable to save himself with his spells.

Y

Yuurei

Japanese word for ghost, meaning “dim (yuu) “soul” (rei) (also spelled ‘Yurei’).

Z

Zombie

A dead corpse reanimated by a voodoo practitioner; in popular culture, often created by disease, nuclear energy/radiation, or other means.

Zweem

Dutch word for ghost.

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