disembodied spirit

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Noun1.disembodied spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
spiritual being, supernatural being - an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
control - a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
evil spirit - a spirit tending to cause harm
banshee, banshie - (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death
djinn, djinni, djinny, genie, jinnee, jinni - (Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals
familiar spirit, familiar - a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
peri - (Persian folklore) a supernatural being descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is done
apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, spectre, specter - a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
presence - an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby
kachina - a deified spirit of the Pueblo people
numen - a spirit believed to inhabit an object or preside over a place (especially in ancient Roman religion)
python - a soothsaying spirit or a person who is possessed by such a spirit
silvan, sylvan - a spirit that lives in or frequents the woods
thunderbird - (mythology) the spirit of thunder and lightning believed by some Native Americans to take the shape of a great bird
zombi, zombi spirit, zombie spirit, zombie - (voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body
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Whereas I now found Barnard to be a disembodied spirit, or a fiction, and his inn the dingiest collection of shabby buildings ever squeezed together in a rank corner as a club for Tom-cats.
Silent as a disembodied spirit he advanced toward the tree.
You feel like a disembodied spirit, immaterial; and you seem to be able to touch beauty as though it were a palpable thing; and you feel an intimate communion with the breeze, and with the trees breaking into leaf, and with the iridescence of the river.
'It gives me little consolation to think I shall next behold you as a disembodied spirit, or an altered being, with a frame perfect and glorious, but not like this!
If you can suppose a disembodied spirit to appear in earthly clothing--of silk or merino, as the case may be--it's no great stretch to suppose, next, that this same spirit is capable of holding a mortal pencil, and of writing mortal words in a mortal sketching-book.
He speaks no English and vanishes as quickly and as mysteriously after he has performed some valorous deed, as though he were a disembodied spirit.
Naturally superstitious, they fully believed that they had seen the disembodied spirit of the dead man, and now they cast fearful glances about them in expectation of the ghost's early return to the scene of the ruin they had inflicted upon him during their recent raid upon his home, and discussed in affrighted whispers the probable nature of the vengeance which the spirit would inflict upon them should he return to find them in possession of his gold.
Without another word the ape-man sprang into the trees and fled like a disembodied spirit eastward in the direction of the forgotten city of Opar.
Nutcombe, formerly of Chicago, later of London, now a disembodied spirit.'
I even conceived on that account a sort of admiration for that man, who had (apart from the intense materiality of what was left of his beard) come as near to being a disembodied spirit as any man can do and live.
It was a gloomy Sunday afternoon when the book came under my hand; and mixed with my interest in the story was an anxiety lest the pictures on the walls should leave their nails and come and lay themselves at my feet; that was what the pictures had been doing in Rochester and other places where the disembodied spirits were beginning to make themselves felt.
With the noiselessness of disembodied spirits we moved stealthily along the deserted streets, but not until we were within sight of the plain beyond the city did I commence to breathe freely.