• WordNet 3.6
    • adj phantasmal resembling or characteristic of a phantom "a ghostly face at the window","a phantasmal presence in the room","spectral emanations","spiritual tappings at a seance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Phantasmal Pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling, a phantasm; spectral; illusive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • phantasmal Of the nature of a phantasm or illusion; unreal; spectral.
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  • 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.”


In literature:

Now, in an infant the brain is still too soft and imperfect to form the proper phantasms from which the intellect is to elaborate its ideas.
"Moral Principles and Medical Practice" by Charles Coppens
The seat was already taken; a heavy German woman filled it so solidly that no phantasm could have squeezed in beside her.
"The Coast of Bohemia" by William Dean Howells
The Russians have not been side-tracked into the phantasms of democracy.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Was he daily more definite or more phantasmal?
"The Folly Of Eustace" by Robert S. Hichens
He fills me with terror, this two-legged rhetorical phantasm!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
It is a phantasm or a myth.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
On every hand to the far horizon stretched that strange, phantasmal ocean, and a hazy sun looked over the shifting billows.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
My idea of the affair, sir, is that he has not the mere phantasm of such a thing.
"The Herapath Property" by J. S. Fletcher
Phantasmal, blanched by the dark, his flowers dreamed on the lawn.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
It was a mere phantasm.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Or, alas, why go to Rome for Phantasms walking the streets?
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
The horrid phantasm is the true image of the destroyer of the race.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
But Gurney's greatest piece of work is his laborious 'Phantasms of the Living.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Was it all but the floating phantasm of delirium?
"Black Spirits and White" by Ralph Adams Cram
This is the Idol of riches, made doubly phantasmal by Dante's seeing her in a dream.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
But there is all the difference between a really social life and a hollow phantasmic imitation of it.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
But he seemed now only like one of the sad phantoms in her phantasmal past.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Miguel's cousin Enrique had at last succeeded in embracing the divine phantasm of glory in pursuit of which so many men run in vain.
"Maximina" by Armando Palacio Vald├ęs
This word, that deed, such a scene, all were phantasms of the fog into which she had fallen.
"Avery" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Two phantasms of two men!
"The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Vol. I" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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
Who used to drag her here and there
Wherever his fancies led,
And point out pale phantasmal things,
And talk of vain vague purposings
That she discredited.
"I Rose Up As My Custom Is" by Thomas Hardy
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 .