apparition


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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 ?
The apparition confronting the dreamer in the haunted wood--the thing so like, yet so unlike his mother--was horrible
As an apparition he is a pretty miserable specimen.
My eyes were fastened on it; my mind was absorbed in recalling the moment when the apparition beckoned me into the summer-house and spoke.
Valentine therefore reached her hand towards the glass, but as soon as her trembling arm left the bed the apparition advanced more quickly towards her, and approached the young girl so closely that she fancied she heard his breath, and felt the pressure of his hand.
In fact, I believe a more dreadful apparition was never raised in a church-yard, nor in the imagination of any good people met in a winter evening over a Christmas fire in Somersetshire.
The facts relating to this apparition (entered in various log-books) agreed in most respects as to the shape of the object or creature in question, the untiring rapidity of its movements, its surprising power of locomotion, and the peculiar life with which it seemed endowed.
At length, one evening, some three or four days after the occurrence, we were sitting together in the room in which I had seen the apparition -- I occupying the same seat at the same window, and he lounging on a sofa near at hand.
Motionless, one eye only turned upon the crack, he focused that one eye upon the head and eyes of the gaunt gutter-cat whose head had erupted into the crack like an apparition.
She must have looked ghostly enough, that broken-down steamer, rolling in that snowstorm - a dark apparition in a world of white snowflakes to the staring eyes of that whaler's crew.
They found the body of old man Baker hanging by the neck from one of the beams of the bridge, immediately beneath the spot where the apparition had stood.
I am the Genius of Despair and Suicide," said the apparition.
The last new maid, who has never seen the young gentleman Miss Rosa is engaged to, and who is making his acquaintance between the hinges of the open door, left open for the purpose, stumbles guiltily down the kitchen stairs, as a charming little apparition, with its face concealed by a little silk apron thrown over its head, glides into the parlour.