phantasm

[fan-taz-uhm]
noun
1.
an apparition or specter.
2.
a creation of the imagination or fancy; fantasy.
3.
a mental image or representation of a real object.
4.
an illusory likeness of something.
Also, fantasm.


Origin:
1175–1225; < Latin phantasma < Greek phántasma image, vision (akin to phantázein to bring before the mind); replacing Middle English fantesme < Old French < Latin as above


1. ghost, vision. See apparition. 4. hallucination, illusion.
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phantasm (ˈfæntæzəm)
 
n
1.  a phantom
2.  an illusory perception of an object, person, etc
3.  (in the philosophy of Plato) objective reality as distorted by perception
 
[C13: from Old French fantasme, from Latin phantasma, from Greek; related to Greek phantazein to cause to be seen, from phainein to show]
 
phan'tasmal
 
adj
 
phan'tasmic
 
adj
 
phan'tasmally
 
adv
 
phan'tasmically
 
adv

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phantasm
early 13c., fantesme, from O.Fr. fantasme, from L. phantasma "an apparition, specter," from Gk. phantasma "image, phantom," from phantazein "to make visible, display," from stem of phainein "to show," from PIE base *bha- "to shine" (cf. Skt. bhati "shines, glitters," O.Ir. ban "white, light, ray of light").
Spelling conformed to Latin from 16c.
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phantasm phan·tasm (fān'tāz'əm)
n.

  1. Something apparently seen but having no physical reality; an apparition.

  2. An illusory mental image.

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