[syn: apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, shadow]
4. an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly;
- Example: "natives were amazed at the apparition of this white stranger"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Apparition \Ap`pa*ri"tion\, n. [F. apparition, L. apparitio, fr.
apparere. See Appear.]
1. The act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
The sudden apparition of the Spaniards. --Prescott.
The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse occasioned much
speculation in that portion of the world. --Sir W.
2. The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.
Which apparition, it seems, was you. --Tatler.
3. An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; a
ghost; a specter; a phantom. "The heavenly bands . . . a
glorious apparition." --Milton.
I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
That shapes this monstrous apparition. --Shak.
4. (Astron.) The first appearance of a star or other luminary
after having been invisible or obscured; -- opposed to
Circle of perpetual apparition. See under Circle.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the
apparition that confronted us" [syn: apparition,
phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, specter,
2: the appearance of a ghostlike figure; "I was recalled to the
present by the apparition of a frightening specter"
3: something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition
at midnight" [syn: apparition, phantom, phantasm,
phantasma, fantasm, shadow]
4: an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly;
"natives were amazed at the apparition of this white
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
118 Moby Thesaurus words for "apparition":
Masan, appearance, appearing, arising, astral, astral spirit,
avatar, banshee, bogey, brainchild, bubble, chimera, coming,
coming into being, coming-forth, control, corposant, delirium,
delusion, departed spirit, disclosure, disembodied spirit, duppy,
dybbuk, eidolon, emergence, epiphany, exposure, false image, fancy,
fantasque, fantasy, fiction, figment, figure, form, forthcoming,
ghost, grateful dead, guide, hallucination, hant, haunt,
idle fancy, idolum, illusion, image, imagery, imagination,
imagining, immateriality, incarnation, incorporeal,
incorporeal being, incorporeity, insubstantial image, invention,
issuance, larva, lemures, maggot, make-believe, manes,
manifestation, marshfire, materialization, materializing, mirage,
myth, occurrence, oni, opening, phantasm, phantasma,
phantasmagoria, phantom, phasm, phenomenon, poltergeist, presence,
presentation, realization, revelation, revenant, rise, rising,
romance, shade, shadow, shape, showing, showing forth,
shrouded spirit, sick fancy, specter, spectral ghost, spectrum,
spirit, spook, sprite, theophany, thick-coming fancies, trip,
umbra, unfolding, unfoldment, unsubstantiality, vapor, vision,
waking dream, walking dead man, wandering soul, whim, whimsy,
wildest dream, wildest dreams, wraith, zombie