Paranormal Dictionary



agent noun \\ˈā-jənt\\

something or someone that produces or is capable of producing an effect or of transferring information (Parapsychological Association)


autoscopy noun \ȯ-ˈtäs-kə-pē\

the experience in which an individual perceives the surrounding environment from a different perspective, from a position outside of his or her own body (Wikipedia)


apparition noun \ˌa-pə-ˈri-shən\

the spirit of a dead person appearing in a form which can be seen (Cambridge)


clairvoyance noun \kler-ˈvȯi-ən(t)s\

the power or faculty of discerning objects or matters not present to the senses (Webster)


déjà vu noun \ˌdā-ˌzhä-ˈvü, -ˈvue\

the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time (Webster)


dissociation noun \(ˌ)di-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən, -shē-\

a continuum of mild-to-severe experiences involving detachments from reality, rather than a loss of reality as in psychosis (Wikipedia)


electronic voice phenomena noun \i-ˌlek-ˈträ-nik vȯis fi-ˈnä-mə-nə, -ˌnä\

electronically generated noises that resemble speech, but are not the result of intentional voice recordings or renderings (Wikipedia)


extrasensory perception noun \ˌek-strə-ˈsen(t)s-rē, -ˈsen(t)-sə-\ \pər-ˈsep-shən\

perception (as in telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition) that involves awareness of information about events external to the self not gained through the senses and not deducible from previous experience—called also esp (Webster)


ghost noun \ˈgōst\

a disembodied soul; especially: the soul of a dead person believed to be an inhabitant of the unseen world or to appear to the living in bodily likeness (Webster)


haunted adj \ˈhȯn-·tɪd, ˈhän-·tɪd\

often visited by ghosts (= spirits of dead people) (Cambridge)


intentionality noun \inˌten(t)SHəˈnalədē\

the quality of mental states (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, desires, hopes) which consists in their being directed towards some object or state of affairs (Oxford)


mediumship noun \ˈmē-dē-əm-ˈship\

the ability to communicate with agencies of the dead (Parapsychological Association)


near-death experience noun \ˈnir ˈdeth ik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s\

an occurrence in which a person comes very close to dying and has memories of a spiritual experience (such as meeting dead friends and family members or seeing a white light) during the time when death was near (Websters)


paranormal adj \ˌpa-rə-ˈnȯr-məl, ˈpa-rə-ˌ\

term applied to any phenomenon which in one or more respects exceeds the limits of what is deemed physically possible on current scientific assumptions (Parapsychological Association)


parapsychology noun \ˌpa-rə-(ˌ)sī-ˈkä-lə-jē\

field of study concerned with the investigation of evidence for paranormal psychological phenomena (as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis) (Webster)


pareidolia noun \pærɨˈdoʊliə\ parr-i-doh-lee-ə)

psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Pareidolia is a form of apophenia, the experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data (Wikipedia)


percipient noun \pərˈsipēənt\

someone who perceives or who has a perception-like experience (Parapsychological Association)


poltergeist noun \ˈpōl-tər-ˌgīst\

a noisy usually mischievous ghost held to be responsible for unexplained noises (as rappings). Origin: German, from poltern to knock + Geist spirit; first known use: 1848 (Webster)


precognition noun \ˌprē-(ˌ)käg-ˈni-shən\

clairvoyance relating to an event or state not yet experienced (Webster)


psi noun \ˈsī\

the modern collective term for the psychic functions of telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis (Psi Encylopedia)


psychokinesis noun \ˌsī-kō-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī-\

movement of physical objects by the mind without use of physical means—called also pk (Webster)


reincarnation noun \ˌrē-(ˌ)in-(ˌ)kär-ˈnā-shən\

a form of survival involving the rebirth of the soul into a new body after death, this process being repeated throughout many lives (Parapsychological Association)


survival noun \sər-ˈvī-vəl\

continued existence of the human personality in some form and for at least some time after the death of their physical body (Parapsychological Association)


synchronicity noun \ˌsiŋ-krə-ˈni-sə-tē, ˌsin-\

simultaneous occurrence of events (meaningful coincidences) which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection (Oxford)


telepathy noun \.tə-ˈle-pə-thē\

a way of communicating thoughts directly from one mind to another without speech or signs (Webster)


wraith noun \ˈrāth\

the exact likeness of a living person seen usually just before death as an apparition—called also crisis apparition (Webster)


This dictionary was oriented to terms common to parapsychology. Other dictionaries of paranormal terms can be found at the Paranormal Consulting Agency and on Paranormality.






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