ghost/shadow of one's former self

Definition of ghost/shadow of one's former self

  1. :  a much weaker and frailer person than one formerly was He was a mere ghost/shadow of his former self after the illness.

Word by Word Definitions

ghostplay
  1. :  the seat of life or intelligence :  soul

    :  a disembodied soul

    :  the soul of a dead person believed to be an inhabitant of the unseen world or to appear to the living in bodily likeness

  1. :  to haunt like a ghost

    :  ghostwrite

    :  to abruptly cut off all contact with (someone, such as a former romantic partner) by no longer accepting or responding to phone calls, instant messages, etc.

shadowplay
  1. :  partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a source of light are cut off by an interposed opaque body

    :  a reflected image

    :  shelter from danger or observation

  1. :  shelter, protect

    :  to cast a shadow upon :  cloud

    :  to shelter from the sun

  1. :  of, relating to, or resembling a shadow cabinet

    :  having an indistinct pattern

    :  having darker sections of design

formerplay
  1. :  coming before in time

    :  of, relating to, or occurring in the past

    :  preceding in place or arrangement :  foregoing

  1. :  one that forms

selfplay
  1. :  myself, himself, herself

  1. :  identical, same

    :  belonging to oneself :  own

    :  having a single character or quality throughout

  1. :  the entire person of an individual

    :  the realization or embodiment of an abstraction

    :  an individual's typical character or behavior

  1. :  inbreed

    :  to pollinate with pollen from the same flower or plant

    :  to undergo self-pollination


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