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English noun: apparition

1. apparition (person) a ghostly appearing figure

SamplesWe were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us.

Synonymsfantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, specter, spectre

Broader (hypernym)disembodied spirit, spirit

Narrower (hyponym)Flying Dutchman

2. apparition (event) the appearance of a ghostlike figure

SamplesI was recalled to the present by the apparition of a frightening specter.

Broader (hypernym)appearance

3. apparition (cognition) something existing in perception only

SamplesA ghostly apparition at midnight.

Synonymsfantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow

Broader (hypernym)illusion, semblance

Narrower (hyponym)Flying Dutchman, flying saucer, ghost, shade, specter, spectre, spook, UFO, unidentified flying object, wraith

4. apparition (act) an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly

SamplesNatives were amazed at the apparition of this white stranger.

Broader (hypernym)appearance

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