plural -s
Hinduism : a wandering spirit of a dead person who is not at rest
Buddhism : an unresting ghost tortured incessantly by hunger and thirst

Word History


Sanskrit, from pra- before, forward, away + ita gone, past participle of eti he goes

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“Preta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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