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1 a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us" [syn: phantom, phantasm, phantasma, specter, spectre]
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: phantom, phantasm, phantasma, shadow]
4 an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly; "natives were amazed at the apparition of this white stanger"

User Contributed Dictionary



From apparition, from apparitio, from appareo.


IPA: WEAE /ˌæp.ɚˈɪʃ.n̩/, /ˌæp.ɚˈɪ.ʃən/


  1. The act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility. --Milton.
    The sudden apparition of the Spaniards. --Prescott.
    The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse occasioned much speculation in that portion of the world. --Sir W. Scott.
  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. (Astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured;—opposed to occultation.
  5. Rock band, usually found in Dalgety Bay. "I saw Apparition last night, they rocked" -- Axl Rose.

Extensive Definition

Generally, an apparition is the act or instance of appearing of a animal or human, including:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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