American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something apparently seen but having no physical reality; a phantom or an apparition. Also called phantasma.
- n. An illusory mental image. Also called phantasma.
- n. In Platonic philosophy, objective reality as perceived and distorted by the five senses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparition; a specter; a vision; an illusion or hallucination.
- n. An idea; a fancy; a fantastic notion.
- n. Specifically, in recent use, a phantom or apparition; the imagined appearance of a person, whether living or dead, in a place where his body is not at the same time.
- n. Synonyms Phantom, Apparition, etc. See ghost.
- n. In psychology: A memory-image.
- n. An image of imagination.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An image formed by the mind, and supposed to be real or material; a shadowy or airy appearance; sometimes, an optical illusion; a phantom; a dream.
- n. A mental image or representation of a real object; a fancy; a notion.
- n. a ghostly appearing figure
- n. something existing in perception only
- From Old French fantasme, from Latin phantasma ("an apparition, specter; Late Latin also appearance, image"), from Ancient Greek φάντασμα (phantasma, "phantasm"), from φαντάζω (phantazō, "I make visible"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fantasme, from Old French, from Latin phantasma, from Greek, from phantazein, to make visible, from phantos, visible, from phainein, to show; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“All these we have included under the term phantasm; a word which, though etymologically a mere variant of phantom, has been less often used, and has not become so closely identified with visual impressions alone.”
“But I prefer to use the word phantasm as hinting the indefiniteness into which the Soul spills itself when it seeks to communicate with Matter, finding no possibility of delimiting it, neither encompassing it nor able to penetrate to any fixed point of it, either of which achievements would be an act of delimitation.”
“A notion which corresponds to our word concept was defined as a phantasm of the understanding of a rational animal.”
“Like the generality of people who are psychic and who have never had an experience of the superphysical, my conception of a phantasm was a "thing" in white that made ridiculous groanings and still more ridiculous clankings of chains.”
“Others (pardon me in tracing the institutions of learning and asserting that they were called phantasm, prejudice and blasphemy) have been heralding their pitifully and destructively ignorant doctrine, that the 'Africans spring of the monkey species;' that 'they became black from Ham, who had a curse from his father, Noah.”
“But visions and dreams, whether natural or supernatural, are but phantasms: and he that painteth an image of any of them, maketh not an image of God, but of his own phantasm, which is making of an idol.”
“Not so coincidentally also about the CIA, another 'phantasm' that you were deeply deluded about too.”
“If there is no external cause, then the supposed object of the impression was a "phantasm," such as a figure in a dream, or the Furies whom Orestes sees in his frenzy.”
“Barrowvians, _i. e._ a grotesque kind of phantasm that frequents places where prehistoric man or beast has been interred; Planetians,”
“In my opinion there is very little doubt that dogs actually see some kind of phantasm that, knowing when death is about to take place, visits the house of the doomed and stands beside his, or her, couch.”
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