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The spirits of the dead considered in ancient Rome as frightening specters and often exorcised from homes in religious rituals.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Roman myth the spirits of the dead
[Latin: see lemur]
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lem•u•res(ˈlɛm yəˌriz; Lat. ˈlɛm ʊˌrɛs)
ghosts of the dead in ancient Roman belief.
[1545–55; < Latin]
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Ancient Rome. the malevolent ghosts or spirits of a family’s dead ancestors.See also: Ancestors
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