apparitional

apparition

[ap-uh-rish-uhn]
noun
1.
a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost; a specter or phantom; wraith: a ghostly apparition at midnight.
2.
anything that appears, especially something remarkable or startling: the surprising apparition of cowboys in New York City.
3.
an act of appearing; manifestation.
4.
Astronomy. the appearance or time when a comet, especially a periodic one, is visible: the 1986 apparition of Halley's comet.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English apparicio(u)n < Anglo-French, Old French < Late Latin appāritiōn- (stem of appāritiō, as calque of Greek epipháneia epiphany), equivalent to Latin appārit(us) (past participle of appārēre; see appear) + -iōn- -ion

apparitional, adjective
nonapparitional, adjective


1. spirit, shade. Apparition, phantasm, phantom are terms for a supernatural appearance. An apparition of a person or thing is an immaterial appearance that seems real, and is generally sudden or startling in its manifestation: an apparition of a headless horseman. Both phantom and phantasm denote an illusory appearance, as in a dream; the former may be pleasant, while the latter is usually frightening: a phantom of loveliness; a monstrous phantasm.
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apparition (ˌæpəˈrɪʃən)
 
n
1.  an appearance, esp of a ghost or ghostlike figure
2.  the figure so appearing; phantom; spectre
3.  the act of appearing or being visible
 
[C15: from Late Latin appāritiō, from Latin: attendance, from appārēre to appear]

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apparition
1520s, from Anglo-Fr. aparicion, from O.Fr. apparition, used in reference to the Epiphany (revealing of Christ child to the Wise Men), from L.L. apparitionem (nom. apparitio) "an appearance," also "attendants," in classical Latin "service, servants," from pp. stem of apparere "appear" (see
appear). Meaning "ghost" first recorded c.1600.
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