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1A person of a specified kind:‘he always was an unlucky wight’
person, individual, creature, fellow, man, womanView synonyms
- ‘‘Sweet Sirs!’ quoth the wight, ‘I'm Edgar the Knight, with my Squire so trusty and kind.’’
- ‘On every poor wight have I ever had ruth and give them alms for love of thee.’
- 1.1literary A spirit, ghost, or other supernatural being.
ghost, phantom, spectre, apparition, wraith, shadow, presenceView synonyms
- ‘The bell let out an ear-shattering, death-defying ring that sent out ghosts and wights and phantoms and other eerie, unfriendly shadowlings.’
- ‘The Demon and the wight were arguing about something, so over the protestations of my comrades, I stole closer that I might hear.’
- ‘I am sharing food and drink with gods, goddesses, and wights of the land, other spirits, and my spiritual and religious community.’
- ‘As well as major offerings to the gods or elves, Heathens like to leave gifts for their domestic hidden folk: the wights who live in their garden and house.’
- ‘At such places ancestors, gods, goddesses, wights and other nature/spirit beings are felt most strongly, and communication with these and ‘non-human persons’ (animals, stones and so on) is said to be particularly effective.’
Old English wiht ‘thing, creature’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wicht little child and German Wicht creature.
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