phantasmagoria

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n phantasmagoria a constantly changing medley of real or imagined images (as in a dream)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Phantasmagoria An optical effect produced by a magic lantern. The figures are painted in transparent colors, and all the rest of the glass is opaque black. The screen is between the spectators and the instrument, and the figures are often made to appear as in motion, or to merge into one another.
    • Phantasmagoria Fig.: A medley of figures; illusive images. "This mental phantasmagoria ."
    • Phantasmagoria The apparatus by which such an effect is produced.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phantasmagoria A fantastic series or medley of illusive or terrifying figures or images.
    • n phantasmagoria Specifically.
    • n phantasmagoria An exhibition of images or pictures by the agency of light and shadow, as by the magic lantern or the stereopticon; especially, such an exhibition so arranged by a combination of two lanterns or lenses that every view dissolves or merges gradually into the next.
    • n phantasmagoria The apparatus by means of which such an exhibition is produced; a magic lantern or a stereopticon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Phantasmagoria fan-taz-ma-gō′ri-a a fantastic series of illusive images: a gathering of appearances or figures upon a flat surface by a magic-lantern
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Quotations

  • W.P. Kinsella
    W.P. Kinsella
    “Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria --- anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. a phantasm + an assembly, fr. to gather: cf. F. phantasmagorie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. phantasma, an appearance, agora, an assembly—ageirein, to gather.

Usage

In literature:

A curious collection; a mystical phantasmagoria!
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
I wrenched my mind free from the foolish phantasmagoria.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
The scene to Jeb now became a phantasmagoria of horrors.
"Where the Souls of Men are Calling" by Credo Harris
But the phantasmagoria of gloom and blood and fire is powerfully presented.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
They would, in all likelihood, have appeared a part of the fearful phantasmagoria already filling his brain.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Behind them lay that restless phantasmagoria of lights streaming to the sky.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Life was, indeed, a perfect phantasmagoria.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
So we must make an end of this phantasmagoria.
"Anarchism and Socialism" by George Plechanoff
The sunlight seemed to touch with quivering fire the brilliant phantasmagoria.
"Berenice" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The phantasmagoria of moving forms and faces went past and past, as he thought, altogether insignificant, meaning nothing.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
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In news:

A Grand Phantasmagoria From a Catalan Poet.
Rarer still, at least outside the tele-phantasmagoria of American politics, is the notion of woman as self-created, free-spirited, history-making individual.
Phantasmagoria — "Heart Shaped Box" b/w Coyote Clean Up — "Sliver" (Five Three Dial Tone).
Coyote Clean Up and Phantasmagoria perform on Saturday, April 28, at the New Dodge Lounge, 8850 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck.
The latest phantasmagoria of cinematic quotation from Canadian director Guy Maddin, Keyhole is an extremely loose adaptation of The Odyssey.
Stephen James O'Meara's Secret Sky: Phantasmagoria: transient luminous events.
And a meta-painting depicting a scene of Munro 's studio and other paintings in the show, these only serve, in their tameness, to underline the intense, compelling perversity of Munro 's lapis and ochre phantasmagorias.
Salt Lake magazine has four tickets to Rowland Hall's upper-school dance ensemble's Phantasmagoria on Jan 27 and 28 at the Larimer Center for the Performing Arts.
BATON ROUGE, LA — The Hopkins Black Box theatre at LSU presents "Pepper's Ghost," a performance that reaches back into history to re-create a "phantasmagoria.
A dream of the movies as well as a nightmare, David Lynch's newest film is a phantasmagoria of hot bottle blondes, cold-blooded monsters and all the things that go boo in your head.
'Phantasmagoria III' from Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration).
Tycho's otherworldly phantasmagoria comes to fruition.
Tell us your dream, enter to win tickets to Rowland Hall's Phantasmagoria.
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