1A ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death.
- In keeping with the Batman myth established in the 30's comics, Wayne Senior is killed in a random street robbery, surviving only as a moral wraith tormenting the conscience of his orphaned son.
- The stage is designer Andy Klunder's evocation of a World War I blue remembered battlefield, peopled by a ghostly lost generation in sad tin hats and mouldy cloth, their women anonymous wraiths in caps and shrouds.
- I could almost see the wraith of our dear ‘Elder Brother’ hovering over them.
1.1Used in reference to a pale, thin, or insubstantial person or thing: heart attacks had reduced his mother to a wraith
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- Her voice was tired, but she was starting to look like her usual self instead of the pale, thin wraith she had been.
- We who lived in the suburbs of towns that were themselves anonymous and mediocre were exiles from the city's Real: insubstantial wraiths, resigned to our status as non-beings.
- It's powerful, unsettling stuff, those thin wraiths marching off to war.
1.2 literary A wisp or faint trace of something: a sea breeze was sending a grey wraith of smoke up the slopes
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- But in the end it is fascinating, as Pilate's figure swirls before us, a wraith of smoke whose shape shifts with each new attempt to grasp it.
- Just a wraith of cloud over Rangitoto at 0615 and then a partial eclipse kicked in.
- I had never seen the rancher, who lived in the thrown-together compound of unmatched buildings down by the river, only a thin wraith of smoke coiling out of his chimney.
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- She becomes daily more insubstantial, her figure wraithlike.
- Bausch and another female dancer move through a café setting with their eyes closed while a man, struggling to anticipate their wraithlike movements, hurriedly moves tables and chairs out of their way.
- When the lonely bagpipe finally plays a somber song for either entity, its wraithlike warble filling the air with all manner of mixed emotions, it will not be a celebration.
Early 16th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with wraithfaith, Galbraith, inter-faith
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