[ig-nis fach-oo-uh s]
Origin of ignis fatuus
1555–65; < Medieval Latin: literally, foolish fire
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Examples from the Web for ignis fatuus
The illusion was gone,—the ignis-fatuus of adventure, the dream of wealth.
We will not dwell on other instances of ignis-fatuus, a phenomenon so common as to be known to all.
It is irksome and dangerous to travel in the dark; but better so, than with an Ignis-fatuus to guide us.The Life of Friedrich Schiller
Will-o'-the-wisp, wil′-o-the-wisp′, n. the ignis-fatuus: any deluding person or thing.
Even now a specialist in theology will lead us, if he can, a merry "ignis-fatuus" chase and land us in a morass.
- another name for will-o'-the-wisp
C16: from Medieval Latin, literally: foolish fire
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