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revenant

[rev-uh-nuh nt] /ˈrɛv ə nənt/
noun
1.
a person who returns.
2.
a person who returns as a spirit after death; ghost.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French: ghost, noun use of present participle of revenir to return, equivalent to re- re- + ven(ir) to come (< Latin venīre) + -ant -ant
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  • In these cases researchers were able to exorcise the revenant by proving the value and safety of their work.
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revenant

/ˈrɛvɪnənt/
noun
1.
something, esp a ghost, that returns
Word Origin
C19: from French: ghost, from revenir to come back, from Latin revenīre, from re- + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for revenant
n.

1827, from French revenant (fem. revenante), noun use of present participle of revenir "to return" (see revenue).

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