from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A reanimated corpse or undead being.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like.
  • n. A dead body; a corpse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete assibilated form of like.
  • Middle English forms of -ly.
  • Middle English forms of -ly.
  • n. An assibilated form of like.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English līċ, from Proto-Germanic *līkan, from Proto-Indo-European *līg-. Cognate with Dutch lijk, German Leiche, Swedish/Norwegian lik, Danish lig. Compare like, -like, -ly.



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  • "Is it this grim lich, which is writhing in its pit, lifting its lid with whitish limbs, rising, vivific, with ill will in its mind, victimizing kids timid with fright?"

    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 54

    May 21, 2010

  • In modern fantasy fiction, a lich (sometimes spelled liche, cognate to German Leiche "corpse") is a type of undead creature, usually formerly a powerful magician or king, who has used evil rituals to bind his intellect to his animated corpse and thereby achieve a perverse form of immortality. Liches are depicted as being clearly cadaverous (as opposed to the generally more appealing forms of vampires), their bodies desiccated or even completely skeletal. Liches are often depicted as holding power over hordes of lesser undead creatures, using them as their soldiers and servants, and thus are a threat both individually and as leaders of belligerent forces. (Wikipedia)

    May 29, 2008