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phantasmagoria

Line breaks: phan¦tas¦ma|goria
Pronunciation: /ˌfantazməˈɡɔːrɪə
 
, -ˈɡɒrɪə/

Definition of phantasmagoria in English:

noun

A sequence of real or imaginary images like that seen in a dream: what happened next was a phantasmagoria of horror and mystery
More example sentences
  • Someone had set up a strobe light in the back, so the dancing figures were in silhouette, and their movements appeared to consist of a series of slides; like the images from a phantasmagoria.
  • NBC producer David Michaels and director John Gonzalez put a phantasmagoria of images up on screen in the more than an hour-and-a-half of the telecast.
  • These paintings harbour a menagerie of folk-monsters, a phantasmagoria of apparitions that might be beatific angels or might be ghoulish extraterrestrials.

Origin

early 19th century (originally the name of a London exhibition (1802) of optical illusions produced chiefly by magic lantern): probably from French fantasmagorie, from fantasme 'phantasm' + a fanciful suffix.

Derivatives

phantasmagoric

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈɡɒrɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • These scenes of retrieval of the past are presented as Jones's dreams or hallucinations, half-light phantasmagoric visions.
  • It's an unreal, phantasmagoric place, Ford's America: an unashamedly sublime, romantic, sinister spectacle.
  • Once Banks arrives in Shanghai, however, the story enters a more phantasmagoric world, and nightmarish and unreal events seem to occur.

phantasmagorical

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈɡɒrɪk(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • They released a string of brilliantly weird hits with phantasmagorical Tim Pope videos and amassed huge success in America.
  • The works are beguilingly small, and in clean acrylic colours on canvas, have a phantasmagorical kaleidoscopic effect, which is dizzying in its intensity.
  • Its contents were by turns phantasmagorical, hyperreal, surreal, and saturnalian.

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