- an early type of magic-lantern show consisting of various optical illusions in which objects rapidly change size, blend into one another, etc.
- a rapidly changing series of things seen or imagined, as the figures or events of a dream
- any rapidly changing scene
Origin of phantasmagoriaFrench fantasmagorie ; from Classical Greek phantasma, phantasm + agoreuein, to speak in public ; from ageirein, to assemble (see gregarious): probably influenced, influence by French allegorie, allegory
nounpl. phan·tas·ma·go·ri·as also phan·tas·ma·go·ries
- a. A fantastic sequence of haphazardly associative imagery, as seen in dreams or fever.b. A constantly changing scene composed of numerous elements.
- Fantastic imagery as represented in art.
Origin of phantasmagoriaAlteration of obsolete French phantasmagorie, art of creating supernatural illusions : perhaps fantasme, illusion (from Old French; see phantasm) + allégorie, allegory, allegorical visual representation (from Old French, allegory, from Latin all&emacron;goria; see allegory).
- A popular 18th- and 19th-century form of theatre entertainment whereby ghostly apparitions are formed; a magic lantern.
- A series of events involving rapid changes in light intensity and colour.
- A dreamlike state where real and imagined elements are blurred together.
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