wraithlike


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Adj.1.wraithlike - lacking in substance; "strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler; "dim shadowy forms"; "a wraithlike column of smoke"
insubstantial, unsubstantial, unreal - lacking material form or substance; unreal; "as insubstantial as a dream"; "an insubstantial mirage on the horizon"
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PGC 65491, a wraithlike 16th-magnitude galaxy, is a scant 2' south-southeast of Abell 72.
The mysterious Kyzmyt draws him to the world of dreams and he begins to see her wraithlike figure in his waking life as well, as a dancing image reflected in a window, a glance from a statue, or a vision in the stars.
A horizon line divides the picture plane into a flat, sickly yellow expanse, which pools around a wraithlike figure and two trees, and a more thinly applied yellow sky.
At times looming larger than life, at other times dissipating like morning mist in the harsh light of everyday reality, memories of my grandfather's Betis home float wraithlike, as ghosts from the past.
They notice a blue flickering sea of a television, distorted and wraithlike.
Nowhere was this gestation more dramatically achieved than in the sacred biographies of penitent prostitutes, whose metamorphosis from sexually aggressive females hunting for male prey to wraithlike embodiments of the life of self-abnegation shadows the dramatic changes--legal, social, political, spiritual--taking place in the city centers of the later Roman Empire.
a kind of vacuum filled with wraithlike and indomitable anger and pride and glory at and in happenings that occurred and ceased fifty years ago?
Always thin, he had grown wraithlike in later years, his famously handsome face eroded by years of outrageous drinking.
The 73-year-old filmmaker asserted that O'Toole, who had grown wraithlike in his later years because of years of hard drinking, was a very warm and wonderful person.
I imagined wraithlike Alice, who looked nervous and delicate, serving the ladies tea with those thin cookies called langues-de-chat.
Then he is present again, "his pendants clicking and pearls shading his eyes," and he is beautifully evoked in a wraithlike form, "whose body is clothed in the bluegrass and the smoke of dew.
Maybe he did receive a puzzling impression in 1901 as he says, but it was too wraithlike to be inserted with confidence in an official record of observations.