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1. One that returns after a lengthy absence.
2. One who returns after death.

[French, from present participle of revenir, to return, from Old French; see revenue.]
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something, esp a ghost, that returns
[C19: from French: ghost, from revenir to come back, from Latin revenīre, from re- + venīre to come]
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(ˈrɛv ə nənt)

1. a person who returns, esp. after a long absence.
2. a person who returns as a spirit after death.
[1820–30; < French: ghost, n. use of present participle of revenir to return; see revenue, -ant]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.revenant - a person who returns after a lengthy absence
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.revenant - someone who has returned from the dead
ghost - the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
Adj.1.revenant - of or relating to or typical of a revenant; "revenant shrieks and groans"
2.revenant - coming back; "a revenant ghost"
continual - occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series; "the continual banging of the shutters"
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A supernatural being, such as a ghost:
Informal: spook.
Regional: haunt.
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The English-subtitled trailer briefly explained what Revenants are and their connection to a 'Queen' through a preview of what appears to be the game's tutorial portion.
A voice over then touches on the origin of the red mist which engulfs the game world, and the significance of 'blood beads' to Revenants. Blood beads fuel the Revenants' powers called 'Gifts', while also being a source of nourishment.
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Violette betrays the revenants by capturing Vincent and plans to destroy him.
Olivares Merino's "The (Medi)Evil Dead: Revenants and Vampires in Twelfth Century English Literature" limits its subject to the dead who return bodily to cause harm to the living--that is, more precisely, revenants.
She makes the important point that "Ultimately, what makes the Nazgul so frightening is not that they might kill us [...] but the very real possibility that we might end up like them"; and indeed, like other revenants, "the first and most terrifying motivation of the undead is a terrible compulsion to create more undead," as we see in the Witch-king's threat to Eowyn and the action of the Morgul-knife on Frodo (79).
The Beautiful Dead are revenants, who return to this world to right injustice and clear away doubts surrounding their own demise.
The Georgian house--which, with its creaking floorboards and compact rooms, retains its domestic ambience--is thus set up as amenable to revenants; by contrast, in capturing the current incumbents' self-consciousness before the lens (that of Hamlyn in particular), Irvine makes them seem very real.
This interpretation of revenants as possessed by demons is in accord with the broader intellectual background of these ecclesiastical authors.
The importance of revenants within Icelandic culture is attested by the existence of a specific word for the undead in Old Icelandic: draugr.(36) Most famous, perhaps, is the revenant Glam of Grettis saga.(37) In life, Glam was a widely disliked shepherd who was killed violently -- possibly by another (unnamed) draugr.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, humanity has all but died out, save for a few who now call themselves Revenants. They've continued to survive despite the disaster that claimed mankind, thanks to powers called Gifts.
In folklore, a revenant, or dead person who has been diabolically reanimated and leaves the grave at night to disturb the living.