Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late 17th century; Old Irish from Irish bean sídhe, from Old Irish ben síde ‘woman of the fairies’
Synonyms
  • demon
  • phantom
  • spirit
  • spook
  • visitor
Antonyms
  • being
  • reality
Definition
(in Irish legend) a female spirit whose wailing warns of an impending death in a house
Example
A) The little girl cried like a banshee when she lost her favorite teddy bear. B) Something must have been horribly wrong because my neighbor was screeching like a banshee!
Usage Over Time

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