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(noun) Something shadowy and insubstantial.

Synonyms: ghost, specter, spook, shade

Usage: He refused to venture near cemeteries, fearing he'd encounter wraiths, ghosts, and apparitions of all kinds.
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First attested 1513, in the Middle Scots translation of the Aeneid:
"Nor ᵹit na vayn wrathys nor gaiſtis quent Thi char conſtrenyt bakwart forto went," "Syklyke as that, thai ſay, in diuers placis The wraithis walkis of goiſtis that ar ded," "Thydder went this wrath or ſchaddo of Ene, That ſemyt, all abaſyt, faſt to fle,".

The word has no certain etymology. J. R. R. Tolkien favored a link with writhe. Also compared are Scots warth and Old Norse vǫrðr ‎(“watcher, guardian”), whence Icelandic vörður ‎(“guard”). See also wray/bewray, from Middle English wreien[1].

wraith (n.)
1510s, "ghost," Scottish, of uncertain origin. Weekley and Century Dictionary suggest Old Norse vorðr "guardian" in the sense of "guardian angel." Klein points to Gaelic and Irish arrach "specter, apparition."


From Middle English writhen, from Old English wrīþan, from Proto-Germanic *wrīþaną “to weave, twist, turn” (compare Old High German rīdan “to wind, turn”, Old Norse ríða “to wind”), from Proto-Indo-European *wreyt- ‎(“to twist, writhe”). Compare Lithuanian riēsti ‎(“to unbend, wind, roll”).


Alternative forms
wreye (obsolete)
Middle English wreien, wraien, wrayen ‎(“to show, make known, accuse”), from Old English wrēġan ‎(“to urge, incite, stir up, accuse, impeach”), from Proto-Germanic *wrōgijaną. Akin to Dutch wroegen, German rügen, Swedish röja.

wray (third-person singular simple present wrays, present participle wraying, simple past and past participle wrayed)

(obsolete) To denounce (a person).
(obsolete) To reveal (a secret).
Late 14th century:
no thyng dorste he seye, / Save in his songes somwhat wolde he wreye / His wo
— Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
(obsolete) To betray.

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Thanks for sharing this. The word "wraith" always reminds me of the Lord of the Rings and the Nine Ringwraiths.
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thank you all for the in puts....especially mr. thar...all the different language influences is a way to learn more about languages,,,,thanx...i'm sure that abbr. prob. upset folks some...oh well...peace.
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Noun 1. wraith - a mental representation of some haunting experience wraith - a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
ghost, specter, spectre, spook, shade
fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow, apparition - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
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