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  • adj. Like a phantasm; ghostly, unreal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as phantasmal.


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  • When the poet tells us that, upon Napoleon's defeating the sections around the Convention, "the hour had come and the Man," and that the thing called the French Revolution was thereby "blown into space," nothing more silly, mendacious, and "phantasmic" was ever stated by sober historian.

    Studies in Early Victorian Literature

  • Coleridge's Ancient Mariner is haunted by sounds so alien that even the word sound becomes phantasmic:

    Sounding Romantic: The Sound of Sound

  • Knudson did not know the molecular identity of his phantasmic anti-oncogenes.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Their phantasmic vocals and arrangements reel you in on their spectral riptide.

    Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 150

  • Under the frighteningly phantasmic protective excusability of a planetary-sized black umbrella of ghastly and nightmarish, but inescapably real, memories of a mad horror in Europe, the violent Zionist conquerers of Palestine are allowed to go forward in grisly payback.

    Condemn "International Community" Acquiescence During The Slaughter of Children

  • Obama lust does embody some phantasmic longing for a better world-more peaceful, egalitarian, and humane.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Would You Like Change With That? An Analysis of Obamamania

  • O'Quinn resituates patriotism within the twin projects of nation-making and imperial adventure, though in a way that transforms the melancholic triumphalist into an even more phantasmic agent of conflicting desires.


  • To a large extent it does this because it has already made some fundamental linguistic commitments which Rosenstock-Huessy thinks have plagued philosophy from its very inception and whose span can be witnessed from Parmenides to Heidegger, and which he also sees as repeatedly dragging philosophy and its followers into phantasmic pursuits.

    Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

  • Tranquilina vaguely heard commands, crazy shouts, confusing screams and searched out the dark spaces between the high beaming lights to discern the phantasmic figures of the sharpshooters, struck still at her gaze, their rifles cocked and aimed.

    Their Dogs Came With Them

  • It was in August 1898 that he wrote “My Platonic Sweetheart,” the phantasmic tone poem concerning his unnamed dream angel Laura Wright.

    Mark Twain


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