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spirit rapping

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noun Spiritualism.
  1. a form of communication between living persons and the spirits of deceased persons by tapping out messages on a table, board, or the like.
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Origin of spirit rapping

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
Related formsspirit rapper, noun
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Examples from the Web for spirit rapping

Historical Examples

  • Nothing was talked of but table-tippings and spirit-rapping and "appearances."

    The Little Colonel at Boarding-School

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • I fancy that is just what those who believe in spirit-rapping would say.

  • Mrs. —— has gone stark mad—and stark naked—on the spirit-rapping imposition.

  • What, we may ask, do those who hold in their hands a perfect revelation from God want of table-turning and spirit-rapping?

  • Some of our readers may object to our classing mesmerism with spirit-rapping and table-turning.