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phan·tas·ma·go·ri·a

 (făn-tăz′mə-gôr′ē-ə) also phan·tas·ma·go·ry (făn-tăz′mə-gôr′ē)
n. pl. phan·tas·ma·go·ri·as also phan·tas·ma·go·ries
1.
a. A fantastic sequence of haphazardly associative imagery, as seen in dreams or fever.
b. A constantly changing scene composed of numerous elements.
2. Fantastic imagery as represented in art.

[Alteration of obsolete French phantasmagorie, art of creating supernatural illusions : perhaps fantasme, illusion (from Old French; see phantasm) + allégorie, allegory, allegorical visual representation (from Old French, allegory, from Latin allēgoria; see allegory).]

phan·tas′ma·gor′ic (-gôr′ĭk, -gŏr′-) adj.
phan·tas′ma·gor′i·cal·ly adv.

phantasmagoria

(ˌfæntæzməˈɡɔːrɪə) or

phantasmagory

n
1. psychol a shifting medley of real or imagined figures, as in a dream
2. (Film) films a sequence of pictures made to vary in size rapidly while remaining in focus
3. rare a shifting scene composed of different elements
[C19: probably from French fantasmagorie production of phantasms, from phantasm + -agorie, perhaps from Greek ageirein to gather together]
phantasmagoric, ˌphantasmaˈgorical, ˌphantasmaˈgorial adj
ˌphantasmaˈgorically adv

phan•tas•ma•go•ri•a

(fænˌtæz məˈgɔr i ə, -ˈgoʊr-)

n., pl. -ri•as.
1. a shifting series of phantasms, illusions, or deceptive appearances, as in a dream.
2. a changing scene made up of many elements.
3. an optical illusion produced by a magic lantern or the like in which figures increase or diminish in size, pass into each other, dissolve, etc.
[1795–1805; < French fantasmagorie, compound based on fantasme phantasm; second element perhaps representing Greek agorá assembly, gathering; see -ia]
phan•tas`ma•gor′ic (-ˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-) phan•tas`ma•gor′i•cal, adj.
phan•tas`ma•gor′ist, n.

phantasmagoria

a type of magic-lantern show in which rapidly moving images blend, change size, etc.; hence, any series of images that move and change rapidly, as a dream. — phantasmagorial, phantasmagoric, adj.
See also: Dreams
a type of magic-lantern show in which rapidly moving images blend, change size, etc.; hence, any series of images that move and change rapidly, as a dream. — phantasmagorial, phantasmagoric, adj.
See also: Images
a type of magiclantern show in which rapidly moving images blend, change size, etc.; hence, any series of images that move and change rapidly, as a dream. — phantasmagorial, phantasmagoric, adj.
See also: Representation

Phantasmagoria

 a series of phantoms or imagined figures.
Examples: phantasmagoria of contending angels, 1875; of terrible bright colours, 1880; of feathers, spangles, etc., 1822; of figures of ghosts and phantoms; of more prodigal and wild imaginations, 1880; of the sky, 1853.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phantasmagoria - a constantly changing medley of real or imagined images (as in a dream)
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image

phantasmagoria

noun
An illusion of perceiving something that does not really exist:
Slang: trip.
Translations
Phantasmagorie
fantasmagoria
fantazmagorija
fantasmagoria

phantasmagoria

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References in classic literature ?
Let the reader picture to himself a series of visages presenting successively all geometrical forms, from the triangle to the trapezium, from the cone to the polyhedron; all human expressions, from wrath to lewdness; all ages, from the wrinkles of the new-born babe to the wrinkles of the aged and dying; all religious phantasmagories, from Faun to Beelzebub; all animal profiles, from the maw to the beak, from the jowl to the muzzle.
Browne, Borges, and Back: Phantasmagories of Imaginative Learning.
Whereas popular art in Paris, however, helps to undermine the phantasmagories to which the middle classes want to escape, [74] such attempts at critique is marginalized within Weimar German film.