Definitions for will-o'-the-wispˈwɪl ə ðəˈwɪsp
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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
see Ignis fatuus
A will-o'-the-wisp or ignis fatuus are atmospheric ghost lights seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travellers from the safe paths. The phenomenon is known by a variety of names, including jack-o'-lantern, hinkypunk, and hobby lantern in English folk belief, well attested in English folklore and in much of European folklore.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
Greatness is never a will-o'-the-wisp i.e. it's not a difficult thing to achieve. For, seed of greatness is already in you. But, you've got to spring it up.
One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.
Greatness is never a will-o'-the-wisp i.e. it's not a difficult thing to achieve. For, seed of greatness is already in you. But, you've got to spring it up, by taking a leap of faith and calculated risks.
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