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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.


of or relating to an apparition or apparitions; ghostly, spectral
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Adj.1.apparitional - resembling or characteristic of a phantom; "a ghostly face at the window"; "a phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations"; "spiritual tappings at a seance"
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"
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If, however, Plato emerges as the master sophist, and if the philosopher Plato shows up apparitionally as the nonphilosopher and the philosopher Stranger as his finest product, how is the whole argument of the sophist not undermined?