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Synonyms for ghostliness

strangeness by virtue of being mysterious and inspiring fear

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Seemingly speculating on Ginevra, Lucy is effectively reenacting her own desire: shaking off her ghostliness, she desires to be blessed with "True Love," which is personified by a winged male genie who sensuously gestures toward her from above, "canop[ying] her head with his bending form.
Essays and photo graphs together give us a strong sense of the energy of the city to set against the ghostliness and paralysis emerging elsewhere in accounts of Parnell's role in Joyce's re-staging of Irish history.
The ghostliness of this gesture finds echoes in a video projection situated on the upper deck of the building, depicting an emaciated 3rd-century Buddha.
There is also ghostliness at the level of language.
The Siegmeister setting in Dorian mode evokes more of the ghostliness of the speaker while reflecting the haunting mood of the text.
Among the many ways in which Cowen's work inhabits liminal space, this impulse toward the inside/outside, assimilation/refusal, upward/downwardness, and so forth, is the ghostliness, the hovering between the living and the dead.
Instead, the spirit inheres in landscape description--an extension of the valley's dissolution of boundaries--creating its "democracy of ghostliness.
While the images are 'spectral', the ghostliness is more energy and insubstantiality than supernatural, recalling the sensation of floating or suspension, the mind in mid-flight between the known and the unknown.
Carlson summarizes the pattern: "one of the universals of performance, both East and West, is its ghostliness, its sense of return, the uncanny but inescapable impression imposed upon its spectators that 'we are seeing what we saw before'" (1).
When you're ready, Route 32A continues into Petersham, its vibrant, busier Common a bit of a relief after the ghostliness of the lost village.
Luiselli is a major Latin American writer whose distinctly belated talent seems to grasp the ghostliness of our century.
Meditating in a twelfth-century church, he remarks upon the ghostliness and endurance of his town, which is again representative of France as a whole:
Whilst the revenant here remains invisible to the reader, the destabilizing of the domestic scene is produced by the ghostliness, the alterity/uncanniness, of the desired woman, crossing the boundary between life and death.