ghostly presence

ghostly presence

An unspecified yet palpable and typically somewhat sinister presence, attendance, or existence. Though the country had finally reached a period of peace, the ghostly presence of its violent past hung heavily on the minds of the citizens. The characters never discuss the absent father directly, but this very avoidance gives him a ghostly presence throughout the novel.
See also: presence
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In the intimacy of Arikha's ghostly presence, however, it was easy to forget literary connections, whether to Agnon or Beckett.
CORRIE legend Jack Duckworth will pass away peacefully in the ghostly presence of his wife Vera in the same chair she died in 2008.
LEE Davies and Sarah Steele took over the Captain's Wife 18 months ago and immediately began to feel a ghostly presence.
Williams' own success or failure with the Getty will be judged soon enough by countless visitors making their own flights on angel wings to the promised land, not to mention a certain invisible, lurking, judging, ghostly presence.
And her ghostly presence inspired Madonna to turn in the performance of her life in the film of the hit musical.
Hephaestus, 2008, the startling image that is the cover of the exhibition catalogue, suggests that the skin has been burned away by death, even as half of the body remains irradiated by light, which lends it a certain ghostly presence but does nothing to distract from the corrosive blur that invades it, death finalized by the black absence that replaces the head.
The ghostly presence in your bedroom is your grandfather.
But she was sceptical about locals' stories until she heard scratching noises and felt the sensation a ghostly presence was pushing past her.
The former country seat of Lord Davenport, once the highest private residence in Britain at 1,500ft, is listed by Simon Marsden in his book The Haunted Realm as home to a ghostly presence, described by two young lovers as a ``tall luminous skeleton, glowing in the dark''.
A Liverpool side also containing the ghostly presence of one Stanley Victor Collymore simply failed to compete against double Double winners Manchester United in one of the poorest Cup finals in living memory - and Eric Cantona's 86th-minute winner ultimately won a best-forgotten day.
He missed the cut, and oh, what a difference a year and a ghostly presence can make.
Jangling pop that's effortlessly crafted and shrouded in a Beatlesesque ghostly presence.
Their report has yet to be published but team members did sense a ghostly presence in three of the castle's reportedly-haunted towers.
Another ghostly presence is that of Lady Isobel Shaw, who leapt to her death from one of the Castle's windows.
In his platinum wig, he hovered like a weird ghostly presence in the limelight of celebrity.