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Friday, August 09, 2002

Definitions for revenant

  1. One who returns after death (as a ghost) or after a long absence.

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Citations for revenant
Lazarus, as a revenant, is often used by the religious romance-writers of the middle ages as a vehicle for their conceptions of the lower world. R. C. Trench, Notes on the Miracles of Our Lord
He pale, immobile like a revenant himself, looked sometimes out of the window, sometimes closed his eyes. D. H. Lawrence, Women in Love
Origin of revenant
1820-1830
Revenant is from French revenir, "to return," which is also the source of the word revenue, "that which returns from an investment."
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