phantasmagory


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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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phantasmagory

noun
An illusion of perceiving something that does not really exist:
Slang: trip.
References in classic literature ?
I shut myself into my little study, and went over what we had read, till my brain was so full of it that when I crept up to my room at last, it was to lie down to slumbers which were often a mere phantasmagory of those witching Pictures of Travel.
It was cinema that finally linked the former modes of spectacle (mass performances, theatre, music halls and vaudeville, magic lantern shows, as well as phantasmagory) with indexical image construction (Huhtamo 1997).
El profesor Carlos Feal, emerito de la Universidad de SUNY en Buffalo y estudioso de la obra de Rojas, escribe: "Mixing the grotesque and the tragic in the tradition of Cervantes, Goya, or Valle-Inclan, Carlos Rojas has crafted an astonishing phantasmagory on Lorca's death and imaginary afterlife.