Apparition meaning

ăpə-rĭshən
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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.

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A ghostly figure; a specter.
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A sudden or unusual sight.
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The act of appearing; appearance.
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Anything that appears unexpectedly or in an extraordinary way.
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A phantom or ghost.
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The act of appearing or becoming visible.
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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.

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The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.

Which apparition, it seems, was you. – Tatler.

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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.

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(astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured;—opposed to occultation.
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Origin of apparition

  • Middle English apparicioun from Old French apparition from Late Latin appāritiō appāritiōn- an appearance from Latin appāritus past participle of appārēre to appear appear

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French apparition, from Latin apparitio, from appareo.

    From Wiktionary