Saturday, November 20, 2010

ghost - synonyms and such


















Ghost, spectre, spirit, all refer to the disembodied soul of a person.

A ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person, which appears or otherwise makes its presence known to the living: the ghost of a drowned child.  Also revenant, literally one who returns.

A spectre is a ghost or apparition of more or less weird, unearthly, or terrifying aspect: a frightening spectre.  Also spook, phantom, phantasm...

Spirit is often interchangeable with ghost but may mean a supernatural being, usually with an indication of good or malign intent toward human beings: the spirit of a friend; an evil spirit.

A doppelganger is a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.

Shade suggests a shadow or shadowy form.

A wraith is a visible spirit, sometimes an apparition of a living person, supposed to portend their death.

A poltergeist manifests its presence by noises and knockings, while a banshee, in Irish folklore, is a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to, or is heard by, members of a family as a sign that one of them is about to die.

A dybbuk, according to Jewish folklore, is a demon or soul of a dead person that enters the body of a living person and directs their conduct.

A zombie is a dead body given the semblance of life by a supernatural force, usually for evil purpose.

A ghoul is an evil demon supposed to feed on humans, especially by robbing graves and feeding on corpses.

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