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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A ghost.
2. An apparition of a person supposed to appear just before that person's death.
3. An insubstantial copy of something: shadow.
From Scottish. Earliest documented use: 1513.
"BlackBerry maker RIM, now a shadow of its former self and haunting the tech market like a wraith, took yet another hit."
Tiernan Ray; Why Everyone's Getting Pummeled; Barron's (New York); Jul 2, 2012.
See more usage examples of wraith in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It is more often from pride than from ignorance that we are so obstinately opposed to current opinions; we find the first places taken, and we do not want to be the last. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)