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Examples of wraith in a Sentence
the people who once lived here believed that their world was populated by wraiths and witches
Recent Examples of wraith from the Web
The winged wraith flew over the hacienda of Don Chico Vasquez, a man unimpressed by the folklore surrounding the lake.
McNamee kept monitoring the stairway as searchers descended, emerging like wraiths from the oily fog.
What was the point of all that work, of the white man’s bisnis, if it could be obliterated by a distant wraith?
And innocent Mary comes to love the wraith of a child she is hired to care for.
In the presence of this wraith, the villagers begin to exhume their own guilty secrets.
There’s a simplicity to this 87-minute wraith of a movie that seems to demand bare-bones description rather than lavish praise.
Ned’s wraiths moved up beside him, with shadow swords in hand.
Talion and the wraith of Elven Lord Celebrimbor return once again.
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Did You Know?
If you see your own double, you're in trouble, at least if you believe old superstitions. The belief that a ghostly twin's appearance portends death is one common to many cultures. In German folklore, such an apparition was called a "Doppelgänger" (literally, "double goers"); in Scottish lore, they were "wraiths." The exact origin of the word wraith is misty, however. Etymologists can only trace it back to its first use in an English text in a 1513 translation of Virgil’s "Aeneid" by Gavin Douglas (the Scotsman used "wraith" to name apparitions of both the dead and the living). In current English, "wraith" has taken on additional, less spooky, meanings as well; it now often suggests a shadowy - but not necessarily scary - lack of substance.
WRAITH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wraith for English Language Learners
: the spirit of a dead person
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