Word of the DayThursday, October 31, 2013
\fan-tax-muh-GAWR-ik, -GOR-\ , adjective;
having a fantastic or deceptive appearance, as something in a dream or created by the imagination.
having the appearance of an optical illusion, especially one produced by a magic lantern.
changing or shifting, as a scene made up of many elements.
The phantasmagoric effect was vastly heightened by the artificial introduction of a strong continual current of wind behind the draperies—giving a hideous and uneasy animation to the whole.
-- Edgar Allan Poe, "Ligeia," 1838
It was like nothing so much as the phantasmagoric play of the northern lights.
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
Phantasmagoric comes from the Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to shine." It came to English from the Old French in the 1800s.
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