Word + Quiz: telekinesis

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Word + Quiz: telekinesis

: the power to move something by thinking about it without the application of physical force

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The word telekinesis has appeared in five articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 8 in the book review “Stephen King Visits an ‘Institute,’ Where the Kids Who Enter Can’t Escape” by Dwight Garner:

“The Institute” is about a brilliant and sensitive boy named Luke who is kidnapped and taken to a compound in the Maine woods where kids with special talents — telekinesis and telepathy — are imprisoned and put to dark geopolitical uses. The other primary character is named Tim. He’s a former cop, down on his luck, a good man in a blue chambray shirt and jeans who could use a break. Maybe they’ll help each other.