ignis fatuus

[ ig-nis fach-oo-uh s ]SEE DEFINITION OF ignis fatuus
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An ignis fatuus, perhaps; a Jack-o'-lanthorn begotten of putrescence.

To get something for nothing is the "ignis fatuus" ever in the lead.

He had not been imposed upon by his fancy; he had not been deceived by some ignis fatuus.

It is, in truth, a shadow as intangible as our own; an ignis fatuus of our being.

It is only the meteoric light of the ignis fatuus, soon extinguished.

The illusion was gone,—the ignis fatuus of adventure, the dream of wealth.

It is yet the lure, the ignis fatuus of almost every breathing heart.

See, the ignis fatuus has disappeared from my cell, the sun will soon shine.

Like the ignis fatuus, it recedes as we seem to approach it.

A light which illuminates centuries must be more than an ignis fatuus.

WORD ORIGIN

"will o' the wisp, jack-a-lantern," 1560s, from Medieval Latin, literally "foolish fire;" see igneous + fatuous.

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