Wight vs Revenant - What's the difference?

wight | revenant |

As nouns the difference between wight and revenant

is that wight is (archaic) a living creature, especially a human being while revenant is someone who returns from a long absence.

As adjectives the difference between wight and revenant

is that wight is (archaic except in dialects ) brave, valorous, strong while revenant is .



Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) . See also (l). The meaning of the wraith-like creature is from barrow-wights in world.


(en noun)
  • (archaic) A living creature, especially a human being.
  • * circa 1602 , , act 1, scene 3:
  • O base Hungarian wight ! wilt thou the spigot wield?
  • * 1626 , , verse vi
  • Oh say me true if thou wert mortal wight
    And why from us so quickly thou didst take thy flight.
  • (paganism) A being of one of the Nine Worlds of heathen belief, especially a nature spirit, elf or ancestor.
  • (poetic) A ghost or other supernatural entity.
  • * 1789 , , lines 14-15-16
  • But I saw a glow-worm near,
    Who replied: ‘What wailing wight
    Calls the watchman of the night?
  • (fantasy) A wraith-like creature.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) Merriam-Webster, 1974..


  • (archaic except in dialects ) Brave, valorous, strong.
  • *:
  • *:I haue two sones that were but late made knyghtes / and the eldest hyghte sir Tirre // and my yongest sone hyght Lauayne / and yf hit please yow / he shalle ryde with yow vnto that Iustes / and he is of his age x stronge and wyght
  • Strong; stout; active.
  • See also

    * Isle of Wight



    (en noun)
  • Someone who returns from a long absence.
  • * 1886 , Mrs Lynn Linton, Paston Carew'' viii, as cited in the ''Oxford English Dictionary , volume 8 part 1, published 1914, page 595:
  • They would not visit this undesirable revenant with his insolent wealth and discreditable origin.
  • * 1895 August 31, Daily News'' 4/7, as cited in the ''Oxford English Dictionary , volume 8 part 1, published 1914, page 595:
  • The undergraduates, our fogey revenant observes, look much as they did.., in outward aspect.
  • * 2008 , Andrew Cusack, Wanderer in 19th-Century German Literature , Camden House, ISBN 978-1-57113-386-1, page 91:
  • From this moment on, the hero's fate is sealed; an attempt to reestablish himself in human society, though initially successful, inevitably fails. The stone tablet exerts an invincible fascination over the revenant , who becomes so withdrawn that his father implores him:
  • A person or thing reborn.
  • * 2007 , John Burrow, A History of Histories , Penguin 2009, page 184:
  • Sometimes semi-identifications could be made on the basis of names. Henry VII's son Arthur was hailed as a revenant in this way.
  • A supernatural being that returns from the dead; a zombie or ghost.
  • * {{quote-book, 1969, , edition=2008 ed. citation
  • , passage=Earlier you mentioned a ghost, a revenant with which we may contaminate the Emperor.}}


    * See also


    (en adjective)
  • * 1988 , (Salman Rushdie), (The Satanic Verses) , Random House (2008), page 134:
  • On clear nights when the moon was full, she waited for its shining revenant ghost.