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 appāritiō appāritiōn- an appearance from Latin appāritus past participle of appārēre 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.