Friday, October 31, 2003
wraith noun [RAYTH] An apparition of a living person seen before death; hence, an apparition; a specter; a ghost.
Definitions for wraith
- An apparition of a living person seen before death; hence, an apparition; a specter; a ghost.
- A shadowy or insubstantial form, appearance, or representation of something.
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Citations for wraith
The poet who dreams up this endless series of impersonations comes to seem like a . . . wraith, haunting the ruins of vanished eras.
So now I return to drag myself through another week, a mere wraith, palely loitering, quietly sighing, yearning desperately for something out of life that while it is expected has already passed, together with the youth, with the strength, with the romance of illusions.
Origin of wraith
Wraith is from Scottish warth, probably originally "a guardian angel, hence a person's ghost seen -- as a warning or means of protection -- immediately before death, hence any apparition," from Old Norse vörthr, "watcher, guardian."