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ap·pa·ri·tion

 (ăp′ə-rĭsh′ən)
n.
1. A ghostly figure; a specter.
2. A sudden or unusual sight: "[The designer's] indoor-outdoor reversals and juxtapositions call forth a Magritte apparition beneath a Miami moon" (Herbert Muschamp).
3. The act of appearing; appearance.

[Middle English apparicioun, from Old French apparition, from Late Latin appāritiō, appāritiōn-, an appearance, from Latin appāritus, past participle of appārēre, to appear; see appear.]

ap′pa·ri′tion·al adj.

apparition

(ˌæpəˈrɪʃən)
n
1. an appearance, esp of a ghost or ghostlike figure
2. the figure so appearing; phantom; spectre
3. the act of appearing or being visible
[C15: from Late Latin appāritiō, from Latin: attendance, from appārēre to appear]

ap•pa•ri•tion

(ˌæp əˈrɪʃ ən)

n.
1. a ghostly appearance of a person or thing.
2. something making a remarkable or incongruous appearance.
3. an act of becoming visible; appearance.
[1400–50; late Middle English apparicio(u)n < Anglo-French, Old French < Late Latin appāritiō]
ap`pa•ri′tion•al, adj.

apparition

A ghost, or something that appears to be present.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apparition - a ghostly appearing figureapparition - a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
Flying Dutchman - the captain of a phantom ship (the Flying Dutchman) who was condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day
2.apparition - the appearance of a ghostlike figureapparition - the appearance of a ghostlike figure; "I was recalled to the present by the apparition of a frightening specter"
appearance - the event of coming into sight
3.apparition - something existing in perception onlyapparition - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
flying saucer, UFO, unidentified flying object - an (apparently) flying object whose nature is unknown; especially those considered to have extraterrestrial origins
Flying Dutchman - a phantom ship that is said to appear in storms near the Cape of Good Hope
ghost, specter, wraith, spectre, spook, shade - a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
illusion, semblance - an erroneous mental representation
4.apparition - an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly; "natives were amazed at the apparition of this white stranger"
appearance - the act of appearing in public view; "the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period"; "it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America"

apparition

noun ghost, spirit, shade (literary), phantom, spectre, spook (informal), wraith, chimera, revenant, visitant, eidolon She recognized one of the women as the apparition she had seen.

apparition

noun
A supernatural being, such as a ghost:
Informal: spook.
Regional: haunt.
Translations
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apparition

[ˌæpəˈrɪʃən] N
1. (= ghost) → aparecido m, fantasma m
2. (= appearance) → aparición f

apparition

[ˌæpəˈrɪʃən] napparition f

apparition

n
(= ghost, hum: = person) → Erscheinung f
(= appearance)Erscheinen nt

apparition

[ˌæpəˈrɪʃn] nfantasma m, apparizione f
References in classic literature ?
Another chant from Hagar produced another apparition, not a lovely one, for with a bang an ugly black imp appeared and, having croaked a reply, tossed a dark bottle at Hugo and disappeared with a mocking laugh.
Robert scanned the distance for any such apparition.
There was the flash of a red shirt vanishing in an adjacent doorway; the fading apparition of a pair of high boots and blue overalls in another; the abrupt withdrawal of a curly blond head from a sashless window over the way.
The play and slight agitation of the water, in its upward gush, wrought magically with these variegated pebbles, and made a continually shifting apparition of quaint figures, vanishing too suddenly to be definable.
It would have been impossible to guess that this bright and sunny apparition owed its existence to the shape of gloomy gray; or that a fancy, at once so gorgeous and so delicate as must have been requisite to contrive the child's apparel, was the same that had achieved a task perhaps more difficult, in imparting so distinct a peculiarity to Hester's simple robe.
The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a figure on horseback, without a head.
The case, I may mention, was that of an apparition in just such an old house as had gathered us for the occasion-- an appearance, of a dreadful kind, to a little boy sleeping in the room with his mother and waking her up in the terror of it; waking her not to dissipate his dread and soothe him to sleep again, but to encounter also, herself, before she had succeeded in doing so, the same sight that had shaken him.
I was comforting myself, however, with the thought that in pious Bildad might be found some salvation, spite of his seven hundred and seventy-seventh lay; when I felt a sudden sharp poke in my rear, and turning round, was horrified at the apparition of Captain Peleg in the act of withdrawing his leg from my immediate vicinity.
The glittering mouth yawned beneath the boat like an open-doored marble tomb; and giving one side-long sweep with his steering oar, Ahab whirled the craft aside from this tremendous apparition.
What is the name of that apparition that brought me here?
After this long digression we have now arrived once more at the point where Pudd'nhead Wilson, while waiting for the arrival of the twins on that same Friday evening, sat puzzling over the strange apparition of that morning--a girl in young Tom Driscoll's bedroom; fretting, and guessing, and puzzling over it, and wondering who the shameless creature might be.
The apparition had outstripped me: it stood looking through the gate.