The definition of an apparition is an unusual sight or the shadowy image of someone who has died.
The Flying Dutchman is an example of an apparition.
- anything that appears unexpectedly or in an extraordinary way
- a phantom or ghost
- the act of appearing or becoming visible
Origin of apparitionMiddle English apparicioun ; from Old French apparition ; from Medieval Latin apparitio, epiphany, appearance (in L, attendance, service) ; from apparere, appear
- A ghostly figure; a specter.
- A sudden or unusual sight: “[The designer's] indoor-outdoor reversals and juxtapositions call forth a Magritte apparition beneath a Miami moon” (Herbert Muschamp).
- The act of appearing; appearance.
Origin of apparitionMiddle English apparicioun, from Old French apparition, from Late Latin appariti&omacron;, appariti&omacron;n-, an appearance, from Latin apparitus, past participle of appar&emacron;re, to appear; see appear.
- An act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
- The sudden apparition of the Spaniards. – William H. Prescott.
- The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse occasioned much speculation in that portion of the world. – Sir W. Scott.
- The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.
- Which apparition, it seems, was you. – Tatler.
- An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; especially something such as a ghost or phantom.
- The heavenly bands . . . a glorious apparition. – John Milton.
- I think it is the weakness of mine eyes That shapes this monstrous apparition. – William Shakespeare
- (astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured;—opposed to occultation.