Definition of Ignis fatuus

1. Noun. A pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground.




2. Noun. An illusion that misleads.
Exact synonyms: Will-o'-the-wisp
Generic synonyms: Fancy, Fantasy, Illusion, Phantasy

Definition of Ignis fatuus

1. Noun. A will o' the wisp. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) A delusion, a false hope. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ignis Fatuus

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ignis fatuus (current term)
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Literary usage of Ignis fatuus

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1. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society by Royal Meteorological Society (Great Britain) (1891)
"THE " ignis fatuus," OR, WILL o' THE WISP. By F. RAMSBOTHAM, FEMet.Soc. FOR some years now, since' I have been living at the Warren, Crowborough, in Sussex, ..."

2. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"Every convenience has its inconvenience. serpent, an ignis-fatuus of large propor- tions, ... ignisfatuus ..."

3. Short System of Polite Learning: Being an Epitome of the Arts and Sciences by Daniel Jaudon (1820)
"Q. What is the ignis fatuus? A. A commen ignited meteor; chiefly seen at night, in meadows, marshes, and other moist places. It is known among the vulgar by ..."

4. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Luke by Alfred Plummer (1896)
"As for the old rationalism, which explained the angelic vision by ignis fatuus or other phosphoric phenomena, which travellers have said to be common in ..."

5. The Youth's Companion, Or, An Historical Dictionary: Consisting of Articles by Ezra Sampson (1813)
"ignis fatuus, or Jack with a ... gives a very remarkable account of an ignis fatuus. ... ignis fatuus."

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