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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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