will-o'-the-wisp

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will-o'-the-wisp

(wĭl′ə-thə-wĭsp′)
n.
1. See ignis fatuus.
2. A delusive or misleading hope.
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Named after the phenomenon of light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern.
The heresies and blasphemies of Islam present a danger only to the "Christian Reader" who, "too like Turks," "abandoned the Sun of the Gospel" in pursuit of the "strange lights" of "this Ignis Fatuus of the Alcoran" (qtd.
The poet, who signs the works Ignis Fatuus, which mean's Fools Fire, has gone undetected for several months.