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ghost dance

noun
  1. a ritual dance intended to establish communion with the dead, especially such a dance as performed by various messianic western American Indian cults in the late 19th century.
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Origin of ghost dance

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for ghost dance

Historical Examples

  • When night came on the form in white had disappeared—and, returning, the old chief taught the ghost-dance to his people.

    Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete

    Charles M. Skinner

  • The third day of the ghost-dance at Cliff Crest was to be the day of the big event—as the office parlance had it.

    In Our Town

    William Allen White

  • No wonder the redskins call that wild pageantry of color the ghost-dance of their gods.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • The only really serious disturbance within a generation was the "Ghost-dance war" of 1890-91.

    The Indian Today

    Charles A. Eastman

  • Within the last two years, however, they have revived the ghost-dance ceremonies with all the old-time vigor (see the calendar).


British Dictionary definitions for ghost dance

ghost dance

noun
  1. a religious dance of certain North American Indians, connected with a political movement (from about 1888) that looked to reunion with the dead and a return to an idealized state of affairs before Europeans came
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