Definitions for ignis fatuusˈɪg nɪs ˈfætʃ u əs; ˈɪg niz ˈfætʃ uˌaɪ
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friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern, will-o'-the-wisp(noun)
a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
will-o'-the-wisp, ignis fatuus(noun)
an illusion that misleads
A will o' the wisp.
A delusion, a false hope.
Origin: Modern Latin, from ignis (meaning "fire") + fatuus (meaning "foolish"). Literally "foolish fire".
a phosphorescent light that appears, in the night, over marshy ground, supposed to be occasioned by the decomposition of animal or vegetable substances, or by some inflammable gas; -- popularly called also Will-with-the-wisp, or Will-o'-the-wisp, and Jack-with-a-lantern, or Jack-o'-lantern
fig.: A misleading influence; a decoy
Origin: [L. ignis fire + fatuus foolish. So called in allusion to its tendency to mislead travelers.]
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The abdication of belief makes the behavior small -- better an ignis fatuus than no illume at all.
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