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
References in classic literature ?
By the light of the pale halo that encircled the ghostly Presence, and moved with it, I could see the dark figure of the living woman seated immovable in the chair.
A moment passed--and I saw the ghostly Presence stoop over the living woman.
There, on the blank space in the letter, as I had seen it before on the blank space in the sketch-book--there were the written words which the ghostly Presence had left behind it; arranged once more in two lines, as I copy them here:
The convinced way he surveyed the empty chairs made me feel as if I had intruded upon a tiffin of ghostly Presences.
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He linked Joe's two storylines throughout with nothing more than his ghostly presence, a turn of a door, and constant reminders that it's a Simple Equation to make the right decision.
Over the years, persistent rumors of ghostly presence and sightings around the fabled house would be passed on from one generation to another.
FOR more than 15 years a Tyneside pub has been haunted by rumours of a ghostly presence.
The ghost-hunting team is back in action when they have to save their friend Dana and her baby from a ghostly presence that stalks them.
Apparently Joaquin felt the ghostly presence once in the flushing of the toilet bowl, at another time vinyl records crashing down the floor, with no one there.
The second thing was the colour that hung in the air, like a ghostly presence through the window.
Yet this ghostly presence is simultaneously a bulging phallic form--a witty summation, perhaps, of the kind of regeneration Kushner was looking for in going Baroque.
She encounters images of herself as a ghostly presence.
But after catching her squeakyclean boyfriend in flagrante delicto, she ups sticks and moves into her own small home, only to discover the ghostly presence of a cheeky rock star who becomes her confidant.