phantasm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n phantasm something existing in perception only "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
    • n phantasm a ghostly appearing figure "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Phantasm A mental image or representation of a real object; a fancy; a notion. "Figures or little features, of which the description had produced in you no phantasm or expectation."
    • Phantasm An image formed by the mind, and supposed to be real or material; a shadowy or airy appearance; sometimes, an optical illusion; a phantom; a dream. "They be but phantasms or apparitions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phantasm An apparition; a specter; a vision; an illusion or hallucination.
    • n phantasm An idea; a fancy; a fantastic notion.
    • n phantasm Specifically, in recent use, a phantom or apparition; the imagined appearance of a person, whether living or dead, in a place where his body is not at the same time.
    • n phantasm Synonyms Phantom, Apparition, etc. See ghost.
    • n phantasm In psychology: A memory-image.
    • n phantasm An image of imagination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Phantasm fan′tazm a vain, airy appearance: a fancied vision: an apparition or spectre
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Quotations

  • Buddha
    Buddha
    “This life of separateness may be compared to a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. phantasma,. See Phantom, and cf. Fantasm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. phantasmaphantazein, to make visible—phainein, to bring to light—pha-ein, to shine.

Usage

In literature:

The hapless royal ex-imperial phantasm self-broken in this manner.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
A stone must be thrown at this phantasm to make it vanish.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
Worse, you would destroy a man's happiness for a morbid phantasm.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
If she entered a solitary or a half-darkened room the phantasm lurked in the shadowy corners or met her face to face.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Scared by a phantasm of their own creation, they have deserted the only position in which it is possible to defend religion at all.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
He could doubt the existence of the external world, and treat it as a phantasm.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
That which change of Phantasmes is to the soul, that is alteration of rayes to them.
"Democritus Platonissans" by Henry More
It was phantasmal, incredible!
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
He would beard a superstition, and shudder at the old phantasm while he did it.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
Outward things are to him phantasms; the impressions they make on the mind are phantasms too.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
To the Docetists, he was a phantasm.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
The man's phantasm had come to her awake.
"Cecilia" by F. Marion Crawford
But this was a phantasm that no argument could coerce.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
In that state of semiconsciousness, I experienced a phantasm.
"Stamped Caution" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
This was sickly phantasm, the very waters breathing decay.
"The Bonadventure" by Edmund Blunden
The ship loomed phantasmally in the clear dusk, with a regular and stately swaying of her pale heights.
"A Marriage at Sea" by W. Clark Russell
Imagination fills me at times with vast and phantasmal splendors.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
The splashing of the fountain was phantasmal and very far away.
"The Duchess of Wrexe" by Hugh Walpole
Before him was the park, about it a fence of high iron and within phantasmal peace.
"The Perfume of Eros: A Fifth Avenue Incident" by Edgar Saltus
These crowded bridges, his desolate surroundings, assumed a phantasmal quality for Garth.
"The Gray Mask" by Wadsworth Camp
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In poetry:

And where it burned, a rose inurned,
Red in the vasty sea,
The phantasm of the dread above
Sits in immensity.
"The City Of Darkness" by Madison Julius Cawein
Dancing alone in the room there,
Thin-draped in her robe of night;
Her postures, glassed in the gloom there,
Were a strange phantasmal sight.
"Seen" by Thomas Hardy
I, the Yogi who developed by his practices,
Know that outer hindrances are but a shadow-show,
And the phantasmal world
A magic play of mind unborn.
"The Song Of Perfect Assurance (To The Demons)" by Jetsun Milarepa
While through the interior vistas,
Noiseless uprose, phantasmic (as, by night, Auroras of the North,)
Lambent tableaux, prophetic, bodiless scenes,
Spiritual projections.
"Brother Of All, With Generous Hand" by Walt Whitman
If Nature be a phantasm, as thou say'st,
A splendid fiction and prodigious dream,
To reach the real and true I'll make no haste,
More than content with worlds that only seem.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
Still as a city buried 'neath the sea
Thy courts and temples stand;
Idle as forms on wind-waved tapestry
Of saints and heroes grand,
Thy phantasms grope and shiver,
Or watch the loose shores crumbling silently Into Time's gnawing river.
"To The Past" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Mojo's will be welcoming Phantasm back to the stage on Sept 6.
Philadelphia-based rock trio Phantasm has been touring for years, and with hundreds of shows to their credit, they show no signs of slowing down.
Phantasm To Return To Western New York.
Mask of the Phantasm .
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