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Witch vs. Ghost — What's the Difference?

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Witch

A person, especially a woman, claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.

Ghost

In folklore, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living. In ghostlore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike forms.

Witch

A believer or follower of Wicca; a Wiccan.

Ghost

An apparition of a dead person which is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image
A ghost ship
The building is haunted by the ghost of a monk

Witch

(Offensive) An old woman considered to be ugly or frightening.
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Ghost

Act as ghostwriter of (a work)
His memoirs were smoothly ghosted by a journalist

Witch

A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.

Ghost

Glide smoothly and effortlessly
They ghosted up the river

Witch

(Informal) A woman or girl considered to be charming or fascinating.

Ghost

End a personal relationship with (someone) by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication
I didn't want to ghost her, so we ended up having ‘the talk’ and it was horrible
People who ghost are primarily focused on avoiding their own emotional discomfort
Being ghosted is one of the toughest ways to be dumped

Witch

One particularly skilled or competent at one's craft
"A witch of a writer, [she] is capable of developing an intensity that verges on ferocity" (Peter S. Prescott).

Ghost

The spirit of a dead person, especially one that is believed to appear to the living in bodily form or to haunt specific locations.

Witch

To work or cast a spell on; bewitch.

Ghost

A person's spirit or soul
Was sick for months and finally gave up the ghost.

Witch

To cause, bring, or effect by witchcraft.

Ghost

A returning or haunting memory or image.

Witch

To use a divining rod to find underground water or minerals; dowse.

Ghost

A slight or faint trace
Just a ghost of a smile.

Witch

A person who practices witchcraft.

Ghost

The tiniest bit
Not a ghost of a chance.

Witch

(now usually particularly) A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.

Ghost

An unwanted image on a television or radar screen caused by reflected waves.

Witch

An ugly or unpleasant woman.
I hate that old witch.

Ghost

A displaced image in a photograph caused by the optical system of the camera.

Witch

One who exercises more-than-common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person.

Ghost

An unwanted spectral line caused by imperfections in a diffraction grating.

Witch

One given to mischief, especially a woman or child.

Ghost

A displaced image in a mirror caused by reflection from the front of the glass.

Witch

(geometry) A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.

Ghost

(Informal) A ghostwriter.

Witch

The storm petrel.

Ghost

A nonexistent publication listed in bibliographies.

Witch

Any of a number of flatfish:

Ghost

A fictitious employee or business.

Witch

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus (Torbay sole), found in the North Atlantic.

Ghost

(Physiology) A red blood cell having no hemoglobin.

Witch

Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis (megrim), found in the North Atlantic.

Ghost

(Informal) To engage in ghostwriting.

Witch

Arnoglossus scapha, found near New Zealand.

Ghost

To move noiselessly like a ghost
“Two young deer ghosted out of the woods” (Nancy M. Debevoise).

Witch

The Indomalayan butterfly Araotes lapithis, of the family Lycaenidae.

Ghost

(Informal) To cut off all communication with someone, especially a romantic or sexual partner, without providing an explanation
Ghosted on him after two dates.

Witch

A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat and used as a taper.

Ghost

To haunt.

Witch

(intransitive) To dowse for water.

Ghost

(Informal) To ghostwrite
Was hired to ghost the memoirs of a famous executive.

Witch

To practise witchcraft.

Ghost

(Informal) To cut off all communication with (someone), especially a romantic or sexual partner, without providing an explanation
“In some point in nearly every young millennial's life, they will be ghosted. And not by sad dead bodies from the graveyard, but by idiot living ones from the Internet” (Heather Dockray).

Witch

(transitive) To bewitch.

Ghost

The spirit; the human soul.

Witch

A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat, and used as a taper.

Ghost

The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death.
Everyone believed that the ghost of an old lady haunted the crypt.

Witch

One who practices the black art, or magic; one regarded as possessing supernatural or magical power by compact with an evil spirit, esp. with the Devil; a sorcerer or sorceress; - now applied chiefly or only to women, but formerly used of men as well.
There was a man in that city whose name was Simon, a witch.
He can not abide the old woman of Brentford; he swears she's a witch.

Ghost

Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image.
Not a ghost of a chance
The ghost of an idea

Witch

An ugly old woman; a hag.

Ghost

A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.

Witch

One who exercises more than common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person; also, one given to mischief; - said especially of a woman or child.

Ghost

An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.

Witch

A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.

Ghost

A ghostwriter.

Witch

The stormy petrel.

Ghost

A nonexistent person invented to obtain some fraudulent benefit.

Witch

A Wiccan; an adherent or practitioner of Wicca, a religion which in different forms may be paganistic and nature-oriented, or ditheistic. The term witch applies to both male and female adherents in this sense.

Ghost

A dead person whose identity is stolen by another. See ghosting.

Witch

To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant.
[I 'll] witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.
Whether within us or withoutThe spell of this illusion beThat witches us to hear and see.

Ghost

(Internet) An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.

Witch

A female sorcerer or magician

Ghost

(computing) An image of a file or hard disk.

Witch

A being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil

Ghost

(theatre) An understudy.

Witch

An ugly evil-looking old woman

Ghost

(espionage) A covert (and deniable) agent.

Witch

Cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

Ghost

The faint image that remains after an attempt to remove graffiti.

Ghost

(video games) An opponent in a racing game that follows a previously recorded route, allowing players to compete against previous best times.

Ghost

Someone whose identity cannot be established because there are no records of him/her.

Ghost

(quantum physics) An unphysical state in a gauge theory.

Ghost

A formerly nonexistent character that was at some point mistakenly encoded into a character set standard, which might have since become used opportunistically for some genuine purpose.

Ghost

(countable) ghost pepper

Ghost

(uncountable) A game in which players take turns to add a letter to a possible word, trying not to complete a word.

Ghost

White or pale.
Ghost slug

Ghost

Transparent or translucent.
Ghost ant
Ghost catfish

Ghost

(attributive) Abandoned.
Ghost town
Ghost ship

Ghost

(attributive) Remnant; the remains of a(n).
Ghost cell
Ghost crater
Ghost image

Ghost

(attributive) Perceived or listed but not real.
Ghost cellphone vibration
Ghost pain
Ghost island
Ghost voter

Ghost

(attributive) Of cryptid, supernatural or extraterrestrial nature.
Ghost rocket
Ghost deer

Ghost

(attributive) Substitute.
Ghost writer
Ghost singer

Ghost

To haunt; to appear to in the form of an apparition.

Ghost

(obsolete) To die; to expire.

Ghost

(literary) To imbue with a ghost-like hue or effect.

Ghost

(ambitransitive) To ghostwrite.

Ghost

(nautical) To sail seemingly without wind.

Ghost

(computing) To copy a file or hard drive image.

Ghost

(GUI) To gray out (a visual item) to indicate that it is unavailable.

Ghost

To forcibly disconnect an IRC user who is using one's reserved nickname.

Ghost

(intransitive) To appear or move without warning, quickly and quietly; to slip.

Ghost

(transitive) To transfer (a prisoner) to another prison without the prior knowledge of other inmates.

Ghost

(slang) To kill.

Ghost

To perform an act of ghosting: to break up with someone without warning or explanation; to ignore someone, especially on social media.

Ghost

(film) To provide the speaking or singing voice for another actor, who is lip-syncing.

Ghost

The spirit; the soul of man.
Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament.

Ghost

The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter.
The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose.
I thought that I had died in sleep,And was a blessed ghost.

Ghost

Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea.
Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

Ghost

A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.
And he gave up the ghost full softly.
Jacob . . . yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people

Ghost

To die; to expire.

Ghost

To appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition.

Ghost

A mental representation of some haunting experience;
He looked like he had seen a ghost
It aroused specters from his past

Ghost

A writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else

Ghost

The visible disembodied soul of a dead person

Ghost

A suggestion of some quality;
There was a touch of sarcasm in his tone
He detected a ghost of a smile on her face

Ghost

Move like a ghost;
The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard

Ghost

Haunt like a ghost; pursue;
Fear of illness haunts her

Ghost

Write for someone else;
How many books have you ghostwritten so far?

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