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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
Ned’s wraiths moved up beside him, with shadow swords in hand.
The other accursed soul belongs to Captain Salazar, a Beetlejuice-like wraith trapped in something called the Devil's Triangle.
The other accursed soul belongs to Captain Salazar, a Beetlejuice-like wraith trapped in something called the Devil’s Triangle.
Talion and the wraith of Elven Lord Celebrimbor return once again.
What's more, its wraith-like appearance is due to a total lack of pigment cells, or chromatophores, which are useless in the dark depths.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of wraith
First Known Use: 1513See Words from the same year
Synonymsapparition, bogey (also bogie or bogy), familiar spirit, hant [dialect], haunt [chiefly dialect], materialization, phantasm (also fantasm), phantom, poltergeist, shade, shadow, specter (or spectre), spirit, spook, sprite, vision, visitant, ghost
Related Wordsangel, daimon, familiar, genie, genius, jinni (or jinn also djinni or djinn), shaitan; double, doppelgänger (or doppelganger), fetch; lemures, manes; incubus, lamia, succubus, vampire, zombie (also zombi); cacodemon, demon (or daemon), devil, fiend, ghoul, imp
WRAITH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wraith for English Language Learners
: the spirit of a dead person
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