Definitions for ouijaˈwi dʒə or, often, -dʒi
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Oui•jaˈwi dʒə or, often, -dʒi
Trademark.a board game consisting of a planchette that is placed on a larger board marked with words, letters, etc., that can spell out messages presumably from telepathic or spiritualistic sources. Also called Oui′ja board`.
Ouija, Ouija board(noun)
a board with the alphabet on it; used with a planchette to spell out supernatural messages
A board, having letters of the alphabet and the words yes and no; used with a planchette during a seance to "communicate" with spirits.
Origin: Proprietary name, from oui + ja.
The Ouija board also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words "yes", "no", "hello", and "goodbye", along with various symbols and graphics. It is a registered trademark of Hasbro Inc., which markets and distributes the Ouija Board as part of its line of board games. It uses a planchette or movable indicator to indicate the spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. Participants place their fingers on the planchette and it is moved about the board to spell out words. It has become a trademark that is often used generically to refer to any talking board. Following its commercial introduction by businessman Elijah Bond on July 1, 1890, the Ouija board was regarded as a harmless parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I. Mainstream religions and some occultists have associated use of a Ouija board with the concept of demonic possession, and view the use of the board as a spiritual threat and have cautioned their followers not to use an Ouija board.
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