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banshee (ˈbænʃiː Pronunciation for banshee ; bænˈʃiː Pronunciation for banshee



  1. (in Irish folklore) a female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death

Word Origin

C18: from Irish Gaelic bean sídhe, literally: woman of the fairy mound

Example Sentences Including 'banshee'

Axl has new band around him, but they are tight, and he can still scream like a banshee.
NME (New Musical Express) (2002)
Conrad talks about it - you know in Narcissus and Typhoon: I remember in a real storm, he says, you hear banshee wails, deep drumbeats...
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Flinging herself on the sofa, wailing like a banshee ,' Maggie laughed.
Sue Welfare FALLEN WOMEN (2002)
I think they need to feel empowered so they have the confidence to scream like a banshee , fight like a wild cat and run like the wind.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
In March 1998 Lohengrin was greeted with ` banshee shrieks of apparently homicidal intent' against Robert Wilson.
Susie Gilbert and Jay Shir A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)
In front of us, Gerard Malanga and Edie Sedgwick danced with wild banshee abandon, acting out the song images.
Misc (1999)
Right as we got to the top near the exit door, Maggie let loose a banshee yell and fell backwards down the stairs.
Shell, Ray Iced
The wind was howling between the trees, the sound sometimes rising to a banshee wail, sometimes falling to a moan.
Erskine, Barbara Midnight is a Lonely Place


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