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qroqqa commented on the word wraithful
For contrition is hollow and wraithful,
And regret is no part of my plan,
And I think (if my memory's faithful)
There was nothing more fun than a man!
—Dorothy Parker, 'The Little Old Lady in Lavender Silk'
Not in OED. A few bona-fide instances on the Web, including a 1982 New York Times review of Giselle:
Miss Tcherkassky was both delicate and wraithful, her every step and gesture carefully formed then flung into that night air like rising mist.
September 16, 2008
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