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Definitions of wraith

  1. a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The ghost of a living person; apparition; spirit. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. An apparition in the exact likeness of a person, supposed by the ignorant to be seen before or soon after the person's death. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. A fantom of a living person, supposed to be ominous of that person's death. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. Any ghost or specter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. In Scotland, the supposed apparition of a person about to die, or just dead. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. In Scot., the supposed apparition of a person in his exact likeness, seen immediately before death or a little after; an apparition; an unreal image. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for wraith

  1. Silent, stern of face, this old man rode like the wraith of some ancient chieftain at the head of his hard- riding warriors. – The Heritage of the Hills by Arthur P. Hankins
  2. It was said that the little woman never appeared in public without a gray veil, and her wraith was recognized by the long gauzy covering floating loosely back from its face, not gray but white, as more becoming a spirit. – The Little Colonel at Boarding-School by Annie Fellows Johnston
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