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n. pl. phan·tas·ma·ta (-mə-tə)

[Ultimately from Greek phantasma; see phantasm.]


(ˈfæn tæz əm)

1. an apparition or specter.
2. a creation of the imagination or fancy; fantasy.
3. a mental image or representation of a real object.
4. an illusory likeness of something.
[1175–1225; Middle English fantesme < Old French < Latin phantasma < Greek phántasma image, vision]
phan•tas′mal, phan•tas′mic, phan•tas′mi•cal, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phantasma - a ghostly appearing figurephantasma - 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.phantasma - something existing in perception onlyphantasma - 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


1. A supernatural being, such as a ghost:
Informal: spook.
Regional: haunt.
2. An illusory mental image:
3. An erroneous perception of reality:
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Freud's concept of Phantasma succeeded in crediting the psychological reality of memories regardless of their factuality, but was also highly influential in establishing psychotherapy as a practice of confronting (as opposed to escaping) reality.
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Through a careful analysis of Aquinas's use of the terms similitudo and phantasma, the author presents a good case for taking imaginative phantasms not as inner images with which we are directly and introspectively acquainted, but rather as a kind of residue of acts of sensation already completed.
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Em todos os casos, o conceito inicial, que a invencao acha em elencos da memoria, e o phantasma ou a "imagem arquetipa" concebida intelectualmente pelo autor antes de figura-la com signos exteriores.