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an archaic spelling of phantasm
fanˈtasmal, fanˈtasmic adj
fanˈtasmally, fanˈtasmically adv


(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.fantasm - a ghostly appearing figurefantasm - 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.fantasm - something existing in perception onlyfantasm - 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
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Fiction and Fantasmic Spectre: Towards a Lacanian Theory of
Other top spots going to Disney include favourite waterpark for Typhoon Lagoon; best live show for Fantasmic at Disney's Hollywood Studios; favourite animal experience for Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom, best dining experience for Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom Park and once again the favourite theme park character is Mickey Mouse.
There are some great attractions here, including the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and the stunning Fantasmic! evening show.
The Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo, and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will all permanently close; while some attractions near the Rivers of America -- the Fantasmic, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Disneyland Railroad, and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes -- will temporarily be inaccessible.
This was topped off by the evening display Fantasmic; a half hour musical, water and fireworks extravaganza featuring Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice and a host of performers which was simply amazing.
There, we witnessed the amazing Fantasmic, a blockbusting blend of fireworks, water, drama and special effects which had to be seen to be believed.
Furthermore, the continuous 'loss' of fantasmic objects exposed through the unveiling of different realities unsettles the promulgation by recruitment practices of a desired 'ideal' selfhood.
It's better to wait until the evening, when the Fantasmic show is going on and you can usually walk right in.
The Desire-to-Write (scripturire) can present itself as the obvious Recourse, the Practice whose fantasmic force would enable a new beginning, a Vita Nuova.' (10) At the time of these lectures, Barthes was rumoured to be writing a novel of his own, which he denies: 'I'm at the Fantasy-of-the-novel stage, but I've decided to push that fantasy as far as it will go, to the point where: either the desire will fade away, or it will encounter the reality of writing and what gets written won't be the Fantasized Novel.' (11-12)
the figure of the active destruction of representation" or "antimetaphor" because it "entails the fantasmic destruction of the act by means of which metaphors become possible: the act of putting the original oral void into words, in fine, the act of introjection" (Abraham and Torok 132).
To top it all off, we had dinner at the fabulous Brown Derby restaurant, built in honour of the famed Beverly Hills eatery, before taking in the spectacular Fantasmic Show.
Chapter Four argues that the metaphor of pregnancy in the Symposium is best read as fantasmic in structure.