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apparition

noun

  1. (disembodied spirit)  a ghostly appearing figure
    Synonyms: fantasm, fantom, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, specter [American spelling], spectre...
  2. (event noun)  the appearance of a ghost-like figure
    Type of: appearance
  3. (illusion)  something existing in perception only
    Synonyms: fantasm, fantom, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow. Type of: illusion
  4. (act noun)  an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly
    Type of: appearance

Etymology summary

"unclosing" (of Heaven), from Anglo-French aparicion, Old French apparition,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

apparition | phantom [synonym, sense-specific] | spectre [synonym, sense-specific]

an appearance, especially of a ghost or ghostlike figure | the figure so appearing; phantom; spectre | the act of appearing or being visible (22 of 481 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Apparition [disambiguation]

an instance of something's appearing, i.e. being seen. The term may refer to: Apparitional experience, an anomalous, quasi-perceptual experience | Vision (spirituality), inspirational renderings, generally of a future state and/or of a mythical being |... (33 of 252 words, 18 definitions)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

apparition

spiritualistic manifestation of a person or object in which a form not actually present is seen with such intensity that belief in its reality is ... (25 of 185 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

apparition | appearance [synonym, sense-specific] | phenomenon [synonym, sense-specific] | ghost [synonym, sense-specific] | bogey [synonym, sense-specific] | familiar spirit [synonym, sense-specific] | hant [dialect, synonym, sense-specific] | haunt [dialect, synonym, sense-specific] | materialization [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an unusual or unexpected sight; "phenomenon" ; a ghostly figure | the act of becoming visible; "appearance" (16 of 149 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apparition

Oxford Dictionary:

apparition | apparitional [derived]

a ghost or ghostlike image of a person | a remarkable or unexpected appearance of someone or something (17 of 73 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apparition

Random House Dictionary:

apparition

a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost; a specter or phantom; wraith. | anything that appears, especially something ... (21 of 71 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/apparition

American Heritage Dictionary:

apparition | apparitional [adjective, related]

A ghostly figure; a specter. | A sudden or unusual sight | The act of appearing; appearance. (15 of 65 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apparition

Wiktionary:

apparition | apparitions [plural] | appearance [synonym, sense-specific] | vision [synonym, sense-specific] | ghost [synonym, sense-specific] | visibility [synonym, sense-specific]

An act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility. | The thing appearing; a visible object; a form. | An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; especially something such as a ghost or phantom. | [astronomy] The first appearance of a star... (36 of 59 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apparition

New World Dictionary:

apparition | apparitional [adjective, related]

anything that appears unexpectedly or in an extraordinary way; especially, a strange figure appearing suddenly and thought to be a ghost | the act of ... (24 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

apparition [countable] | apparitions [plural]

[formal] a strange image or creature that someone sees | [humorous] someone who looks very strange or unusual (17 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/apparition

Cambridge Dictionary:

apparition

the spirit of a dead person appearing in a form which can be seen (14 of 19 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apparition

Encarta Dictionary:

apparition | apparitions [plural]

an appearance of a supposed ghost or something ghostly | an appearance of something or somebody unexpected or strange (18 of 52 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586327​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

apparition

First use: about 1500

Origin: "unclosing" (of Heaven), from Anglo-French aparicion, Old French apparition, aparoison (15th century), used in reference to the ... (19 of 78 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=apparition

American Heritage Dictionary:

apparition

Origin: Middle English apparicioun, from Old French apparition, from Late Latin appāritiō, appāritiōn-, an appearance, from ... (15 of 25 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

apparition

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense "the action of appearing"): from Latin apparitio(n-) "attendance", from the verb apparere (see "appear")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apparition

New World Dictionary:

apparition

Origin: Middle English apparicioun from Old French apparition from Medieval Latin apparitio, epiphany, appearance (in Latin, attendance, ... (16 of 20 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

apparition

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English apparicioun, from Anglo-French aparicion, from Late Latin apparition-, apparitio appearance, from Latin apparēre

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apparition

Collins Dictionary:

apparition

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Late Latin appāritiō, from Latin: attendance, from appārēre to appear

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apparition

Wiktionary:

apparition | apparitions [plural]

Origin: French apparition, from Latin apparitio, from appareo.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apparition

Encarta Dictionary:

apparition | apparitions [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin apparition-, from apparere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586327​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

apparition

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "apparition"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

apparition [countable] | apparitions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "apparition"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

apparition [countable] | apparitions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "apparition"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

apparition

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "apparition"

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the Free Dictionary:

apparition

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Google Dictionary:

apparition | apparitions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "apparition"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

apparition

Audio: North American pronunciation of "apparition"

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YourDictionary Audio:

apparition

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "apparition" by speech synthesizer

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