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apparition

Line breaks: ap¦par|ition
Pronunciation: /apəˈrɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of apparition in English:

noun

1A ghost or ghostlike image of a person: a headless apparition
More example sentences
  • Throughout history there have been reports of ghosts, apparitions and spiritual visitations, both angelic and demonic.
  • The use of the supernatural in the witches, the visions, the ghost, and the apparitions is a key element in making the concept of the play work and in making the play interesting.
  • They thought He was a ghost, a phantasm, an apparition, a spirit, anything except their Master.
Synonyms
vision, hallucination;
Scottish & Irish bodach;
GermanDoppelgänger;
West Indian duppy
informal spook
rare eidolon, manes
1.1A remarkable or unexpected appearance of someone or something: an apparition of the Virgin Mary
More example sentences
  • This explanation would explain why many apparitions appear to work like a pre-recorded message.
  • Then, out of nowhere a bus appeared like an apparition.
  • Devotion to Mary was based on shrines inherited from the medieval era and the Counter-Reformation, but was fuelled as well by a remarkable series of apparitions that produced some of the most famous religious sites in the modern world.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'the action of appearing'): from Latin apparitio(n-) 'attendance', from the verb apparere (see appear).

Derivatives

apparitional

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The patch of wild raspberries, whose location is known only to us and to the apparitional gamekeeper, is laden with fruit.
  • Altogether there were 21 apparitional sightings, 4 involving two viewers.
  • ‘Life is apparitional and passes,’ the passage begins.

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