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wraith

 (rāth)
n.
1. An apparition of someone that is believed to appear as a portent just before that person's death.
2. The ghost of a dead person.
3. Something faint or insubstantial: "The wraith of a hollow laugh issued silently from his parted lips" (F. Scott Fitzgerald).

[Origin unknown.]

wraith

(reɪθ)
n
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) the apparition of a person living or thought to be alive, supposed to appear around the time of his death
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) a ghost or any apparition
3. an insubstantial copy of something
4. something pale, thin, and lacking in substance, such as a column of smoke
[C16: Scottish, of unknown origin]
ˈwraithˌlike adj

wraith

(reɪθ)

n.
1. an apparition of a living person supposed to portend his or her death.
2. a visible spirit.
[1505–15; originally Scots]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wraith - a mental representation of some haunting experiencewraith - a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow, apparition - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"

wraith

noun ghost, spirit, shade (literary), phantom, spectre, spook (informal), apparition, revenant, eidolon She believed herself to have been visited by wraiths from the afterlife.

wraith

noun
A supernatural being, such as a ghost:
Informal: spook.
Regional: haunt.
Translations

wraith

[reɪθ] Nfantasma m

wraith

nGespenst nt, → Geist m

wraith

[reɪθ] nspettro
References in classic literature ?
He did not give the complacent wraith any name, but he took her for his heroine and grew quite fond of her, as well he might, for he gifted her with every gift and grace under the sun, and escorted her, unscathed, through trials which would have annihilated any mortal woman.
Tha'rt as thin as a lath an' as white as a wraith, but there's not a knob on thee.
My breath was coming in quick, short gasps, cold sweat stood out from every pore of my body, and the ancient experiment of pinching revealed the fact that I was anything other than a wraith.
There, within the mighty sanctuary, Latona and Diana healed him and made him glorious to behold, while Apollo of the silver bow fashioned a wraith in the likeness of Aeneas, and armed as he was.
The black wraith of a deciduous creeper flapped from the porch, and the thin wooden walls, under their worn coat of paint, seemed to shiver in the wind that had risen with the ceasing of the snow.
He tossed upon his bed of grasses, sleepless, for an hour and then he rose, noiseless as a wraith, and while the Waziri's back was turned, vaulted the boma wall in the face of the flaming eyes, swung silently into a great tree and was gone.
And yet, believing this with absolute conviction, they somehow lacked the nerve to rush the frail wraith of a man with the white skin and escape from the charnel house by the whale-boats.
The last miles into Selkirk, Daylight drove the Indian before him, a hollow-cheeked, gaunt-eyed wraith of a man who else would have lain down and slept or abandoned his burden of mail.
Then the wheels of memory slipped ahead through four years of time, and he was aware of the present, of the books he had opened and the universe he had won from their pages, of his dreams and ambitions, and of his love for a pale wraith of a girl, sensitive and sheltered and ethereal, who would die of horror did she witness but one moment of what he had just lived through - one moment of all the muck of life through which he had waded.
Forasmuch as it is ordained of God that all flesh hath spirit and thereby taketh on spiritual powers, so, also, the spirit hath powers of the flesh, even when it is gone out of the flesh and liveth as a thing apart, as many a violence performed by wraith and lemure sheweth.
Hammerfield," as Ernest once said, "has succeeded in modifying his metaphysics so as to give God's sanction to the Iron Heel, and also to include much worship of beauty and to reduce to an invisible wraith the gaseous vertebrate described by Haeckel--the difference between Dr.
This initiated wraith from the back of Nowhere honored me with its amazing confidence before it vanished altogether.