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Saturday, January 18, 2003

Definitions for apparition

  1. A ghost; a specter; a phantom.
  2. The thing appearing; the sudden or unexpected appearance of something or somebody.
  3. The act of becoming visible; appearance.

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Citations for apparition
Boris staggers into the noblemen's council chamber, shouting at an apparition that only he can see. Algis Valiunas, Weekly Standard
Angered, the distraught apparition returned some nights later in a fresher, even more vivid dream, wearing the same ragged gown as before. James H. Beck, Three Worlds of Michelangelo
Origin of apparition
late Middle English
1400-1450
Apparition derives from Latin apparitio, from apparere, from ad-, "to" + parere, "to be visible, to appear."