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[man-uh-fuh-stey-shuh n, -fe-] /ˌmæn ə fəˈsteɪ ʃən, -fɛ-/
an act of manifesting.
the state of being manifested.
outward or perceptible indication; materialization:
At first there was no manifestation of the disease.
a public demonstration, as for political effect.
Spiritualism. a materialization.
Origin of manifestation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin manifestātiōn- (stem of manifestātiō). See manifest, -ation
Related forms
nonmanifestation, noun
premanifestation, noun
remanifestation, noun
self-manifestation, noun Unabridged
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  • There is an assumption of superiority, and often a manifestation of contempt.

    What is Darwinism? Charles Hodge
  • It can only be as it must be; it comes into manifestation like an eternal law of nature.

  • But what it cannot do for itself may in the future be done for it by the moral forces of which it is a manifestation.

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein Robert Mitchell Henry
  • It was the first and last time that he ever was betrayed into such a manifestation of anger.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • Now the penalty inflicted as an expiation is only a manifestation of the public anger, the material proof of its unanimity.

British Dictionary definitions for manifestation


the act of demonstrating; display: a manifestation of solidarity
the state of being manifested
an indication or sign
a public demonstration of feeling
the materialization of a disembodied spirit
Derived Forms
manifestational, adjective
manifestative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for manifestation

early 15c., "action of manifesting; exhibition, demonstration," from Late Latin manifestationem (nominative manifestatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin manifestare (see manifest (adj.)). Meaning "an object, action, or presence by which something is made manifest" is from 1785. The spiritualism sense is attested from 1853.

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manifestation in Medicine

manifestation man·i·fes·ta·tion (mān'ə-fě-stā'shən)
An indication of the existence, reality, or presence of something, especially an illness.

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