Definition of manifestation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmanɪfɛˈsteɪʃ(ə)n/


1An event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something abstract or theoretical: the first obvious manifestations of global warming
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  • He is always portrayed as an abstract manifestation of evil, from which we, as the good children of the next generation, are safely separated.
  • At present they are the earliest evidence of human creativity and the first known visual manifestations of abstract thought.
  • In addition, he still constitutes the paradigmatic figure in whom philosophy, even in its most abstract manifestations, is never severed from the concerns of life.
1.1 [mass noun] The action or fact of showing something: the manifestation of anxiety over disease
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  • One such factor pertains to the mode of expression or form of manifestation.
  • Also, the speech of Lord Clyde contains no manifestation of express disagreement with Lord Hope.
  • He witnessed Saturday's manifestation and calls it a ‘circus’.
display, demonstration, showing, show, exhibition, presentation, indication, illustration, exemplification, exposition, disclosure, declaration, expression, profession
1.2A symptom of an ailment: cryptococcal meningitis was the first manifestation of AIDS in seven of twenty-seven patients
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  • Interest in the cardiovascular manifestations of sleep apnea has grown dramatically over the past few years.
  • Social withdrawal can be a manifestation of untreated physical symptoms such as pain.
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome is the clinical manifestation of severe, acute lung injury.
1.3A version or incarnation of something or someone: the butterfly was one of the many manifestations of the Goddess
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  • The holy land of Bharat is the birthplace of many incarnations and manifestations of divine power that descended on earth in human garb.
  • We are all incarnations and manifestations of the Divine.
  • The Hindu temple, in all its diverse manifestations, incarnates this truth.
1.4An appearance of a ghost or spirit: some supernatural manifestations are regarded as portents of good or evil
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  • The majority of spiritual manifestations use electromagnetic energy to interact with our world, hence the bag.
  • Though he waited, no further manifestations appeared.
  • In the literary ghost story, at least in many of its classic manifestations, the ghost is all, and the deliberate arousal of fear is the story's primary purpose.


Late Middle English: from late Latin manifestatio(n-), from the verb manifestare 'make public'.

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