phantasmagoric


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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.
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Adj.1.phantasmagoric - characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions; "a great concourse of phantasmagoric shadows"--J.C.Powys; "the incongruous imagery in surreal art and literature"
unrealistic - not realistic; "unrealistic expectations"; "prices at unrealistic high levels"

phantasmagoric

adjective
Of, relating to, or in the nature of an illusion; lacking reality:
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phantasmagoric

[ˌfæntæzməˈgɒrɪk] ADJfantasmagórico

phantasmagoric(al)

adjphantasmagorisch
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While the objects around me--while the carvings of the ceilings, the sombre tapestries of the walls, the ebon blackness of the floors, and the phantasmagoric armorial trophies which rattled as I strode, were but matters to which, or to such as which, I had been accustomed from my infancy--while I hesitated not to acknowledge how familiar was all this--I still wondered to find how unfamiliar were the fancies which ordinary images were stirring up.
One of the phantasmagoric conceptions of my friend, partaking not so rigidly of the spirit of abstraction, may be shadowed forth, although feebly, in words.
It might have been taken for a ghostly or phantasmagoric reflection of the old shopkeeper Pyncheon's shabbily provided shelves, save that some of the articles were of a description and outward form which could hardly have been known in his day.
Possibly, it was an instinctive device of her spirit to relieve itself by the exhibition of these phantasmagoric forms, from the cruel weight and hardness of the reality.
They had a dim, phantasmagoric view of the stricken country: a watery plain, with here and there great patches of fields, submerged to the hedges, and houses standing out amidst the waste of waters like toy dwellings.
This optical trick gave her a sort of phantasmagoric brightness, and while I was still the victim of it I heard a whisper somewhere in the depths of my conscience: "Why not, after all--why not?" It seemed to me I was ready to pay the price.
Social democrats, on the other hand, believe that the purpose of the welfare state should be not simply to advance a phantasmagoric equality of opportunity but to secure a real, basic equality of condition, a basic level of "material well being ...
Together, they evoked a phantasmagoric effect for the viewer who, with no need for an oxygen tank, seemed to have dove in the shadowy depths of the ocean.
It's a more distinguishable good-versus-evil saga, wrapped gleefully in phantasmagoric trappings.
Divided in two sections, presented as opposite sides of the same coin, the exhibition showcases the parallel tracks of artistic engagement with conspiracy thinking since the 1960s: First, the artist as investigator, those like Jenny Holzer and Trevor Paglen who use the public record to expose deceit; second, artists such as Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon, and Sue Williams, who plunge down the rabbit hole of disgruntled fantasy only to resurface with phantasmagoric, though truth-telling, results.
It was a phantasmagoric forest of warbling birds, fragrant flowers, beautiful butterflies, rustling leaves and pine cone-strewn clearings - but it had a sinister side.
As a self confessed noisician, living in Berlin, she specialises in a noisy, phantasmagoric techno sound, where the dial is rarely turned below 200 per cent and every moment of silence seems deafening.