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phantasmagoria

Syllabification: phan·tas·ma·go·ri·a
Pronunciation: /ˌfanˌtazməˈɡôrēə
 
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Definition of phantasmagoria in English:

noun

A sequence of real or imaginary images like those 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: /-ɡôrik/
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

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Pronunciation: /ɡôrikəl/
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.
Synonyms
dreamlike, psychedelic, kaleidoscopic, surreal, unreal, hallucinatory, fantastic, fantastical, chimerical

Words that rhyme with phantasmagoria

auditoria, ciboria, conservatoria, crematoria, emporia, euphoria, Gloria, moratoria, Pretoria, sanatoria, scriptoria, sudatoria, victoria, Vitoria, vomitoria

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