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phantasmagory

[fan-taz-muh-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee] /fænˈtæz məˌgɔr i, -ˌgoʊr i/
noun, plural phantasmagories.
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phantasmagoria

/ˌfæntæzməˈɡɔːrɪə/
noun
1.
(psychol) a shifting medley of real or imagined figures, as in a dream
2.
(films) a sequence of pictures made to vary in size rapidly while remaining in focus
3.
(rare) a shifting scene composed of different elements
Derived Forms
phantasmagoric (ˌfæntæzməˈɡɒrɪk), phantasmagorical, adjective
phantasmagorically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: probably from French fantasmagorie production of phantasms, from phantasm + -agorie, perhaps from Greek ageirein to gather together
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