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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Definitions for phantasmagoria

  1. A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream.
  2. Any constantly changing scene.

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Citations for phantasmagoria
The significant items in the ensuing phantasmagoria soon appear, however -- a dry well, a house abandoned because of a series of tragedies, a so-called alley blocked at both ends, the statue of a bird looking sadly unable to fly, and the unidentified wind-up bird that creaks invisibly in a nearby tree. Phoebe-Lou Adams, The Atlantic
The new writings more and more take the form of apocalypses -- that is, of supernatural visions which reveal past, present and future under the guise of a phantasmagoria of symbolic persons and animals, divine and diabolical beings, celestial and infernal phenomena. Edmund Wilson, The Dead Sea Scrolls: 1947-1969
Origin of phantasmagoria
1795-1805
Phantasmagoria is from French phantasmagorie, from phantasme, "phantasm" (from Greek, from phantazein, "to make visible," from phantos, "visible," from phainein, "to show") + -agorie, perhaps from Greek agora, "assembly."