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ei·do·lon

 (ī-dō′lən)
n. pl. ei·do·lons or ei·do·la (-lə)
1. A phantom; an apparition.
2. An image of an ideal.

[Greek eidōlon, from eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

eidolon

(aɪˈdəʊlɒn)
n, pl -la (-lə) or -lons
1. an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom
2. an ideal or idealized figure
[C19: from Greek: phantom, idol]

ei•do•lon

(aɪˈdoʊ lən)

n., pl. -la (-lə), -lons.
1. an unreal image; phantom; apparition.
2. an ideal.
[1820–30; see idol]

eidolon

a phantom or apparition.
See also: Ghosts

eidolon

An imprint or image of the body left after death on the astral plane (from the Greek for “image”).
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eidolon

noun
A supernatural being, such as a ghost:
Informal: spook.
Regional: haunt.
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Plato adopted it as a technical term, and as the antithesis to eidola, or sensuous images; the transient and perishable emblems, or mental words, of ideas.
According to Epicurus, "All knowledge derives from sensation, which originates in the eidola effluent from external objects and impinging on sense organs:' These eidola are "clusters of atoms-a sort of 'skins' released from the surface of material objects:' In Epicurus' analogy, skin designates a residue or peel that detaches itself from a body, collides with, and travels into other bodies.
For poetry, their representations are in ignorance and therefore eidola while for the sophist, their constructions are phantastike, that is, semblances that give the impression of being fine when they are not; Belfiore, "A Theory of Imitation in Plato's Republic," 131-2.