Lich vs Wizard - What's the difference?

lich | wizard |

As nouns the difference between lich and wizard

is that lich is (archaic) a corpse or dead body while wizard is one who uses (or has skill with) magic, mystic items, and magical and mystical practices.

As an adjective wizard is

(slang|dated|british) fine, superb (originally raf slang).

As a verb wizard is

to practice wizardry.



(wikipedia lich)


  • (archaic) A corpse or dead body.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1983 , year_published= , edition= , editor= , author=Poul Anderson , title=Time Patrolman , chapter= , url= , genre=Sci-Fi , publisher= , isbn=9780812530766 , page= , passage=She saw him again that eventide, but then he was a reddened lich . }}
  • (fantasy, roleplay) A reanimated corpse or undead being.
  • *1974 , (Karl Edward Wagner), ‘Sticks’:
  • *:It was a lich ’s face – desiccated flesh tight over its skull.
  • Derived terms

    * lichgate * lych-gate ----




    (en noun)
  • One who uses (or has skill with) magic, mystic items, and magical and mystical practices.
  • * Dryden
  • The wily wizard must be caught.
  • One who is especially skilled or unusually talented in a particular field.
  • He was a financial wizard , capable of predicting the movements of the stock markets.
  • (computing) A computer program or script used to simplify complex operations, often for an inexperienced user.
  • Use the "Add Network Connection" wizard to connect to a network in a series of simple steps.
  • (Internet) One of the administrators of a multi-user dungeon.
  • * 1997 , Philip Agre, Douglas Schuler, Reinventing technology, rediscovering community (page 153)
  • Wizards , in general, have a very different experience of mudding than other players. Because of their palpable and extensive extra powers over other players, and because of their special role in MUD society, they are frequently treated differently
  • * 1997 , Sara Kiesler, Culture of the Internet (page 132)
  • It is certainly easy to believe the stories I hear of MUD wizards who demand deference and severely punish those who transgress
  • (obsolete) A wise man; a sage.
  • * Milton
  • See how from far upon the eastern road / The star-led wizards [Magi] haste with odours sweet!
  • (slang) an older male virgin, particularly one over 30 years of age
  • Synonyms

    * (in magic) conjurer, mage, magician, magic user, mystic, sorcerer, warlock, witch * (one very skilled or talented) genius, expert, prodigy; see also * (in computing) assistant

    Coordinate terms

    * wizardess

    Derived terms

    * (l)

    See also

    * illusionist * necromancer


  • (slang, dated, British) Fine, superb (originally RAF slang).
  • * 1942 , Quentin James Reynolds, Only the Stars are Neutral
  • "We had a wizard show," the young leader of an Australian squadron said, trying to keep the excitement out of his voice.
  • * 1943 , Howard Macy Coffin, Walter Leslie River, Malta Story
  • But he was a wizard flyer, that boy.


    (en verb)
  • To practice wizardry.
  • To conjure.