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Examples of banshee in a Sentence
I heard someone wailing like a banshee.
Recent Examples of banshee from the Web
As a digital clock hit that mark, civil defense alarms screamed like banshees letting the estimated 45,000 in attendance know that the walk was officially underway.
The tunes helpfully explain not only the meaning of the show’s title but also elements of Irish folklore like leprechauns, banshees and rainbows.
During his heyday, Halford's banshee-scream abilities set him apart from other vocalists in aggressive, metallic rock.
The sounds are primal and ethereal; rooted in nature yet otherworldly, as if banshees are conniving with angels.
The hosts of the ABC cooking and lifestyle show were toting banshees on their shoulders.
People have claimed to hear wails of banshees and see ghostly hell hounds and apparitions of Confederate soldiers.
Inside me everything is lightening bolts and banshee wails and chaos.
Confused, pissed-off and hungry to scream the truth, Gaga becomes a banshee on Joanne’s lead single, and the raw performance makes for a captivating listen.
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Did You Know?
In Irish folklore, a "bean sidhe" (literally "woman of fairyland") was not a welcome guest. When she was seen combing her hair or heard wailing beneath a window, it was considered a sign that a family member was about to die. English speakers modified the mournful fairy's Irish name into the modern word banshee - a term we now most often use to evoke her woeful or terrible or earsplitting cry, as in "to scream like a banshee," or attributively, "a banshee wail."
BANSHEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of banshee for English Language Learners
: a female spirit in Irish and Scottish stories who cries loudly to warn people that someone is going to die soon
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