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Definition of "apparition" []

  • A ghostly figure; a specter. (noun)
  • A sudden or unusual sight: "[The designer's] indoor-outdoor reversals and juxtapositions call forth a Magritte apparition beneath a Miami moon” ( Herbert Muschamp). (noun)
  • The act of appearing; appearance. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "apparition" in a sentence
  • "At other moments in the narrative, the haunting of the apparition is achieved solely through the powers of the voice — en route to the Villa Altieri, for example, a voice entirely lacking in any visually identifiable origin emanates as if from nowhere, at once betraying the uncanny presence of Vivaldi's ghostly companion as well as maintaining his invisibility:"
  • "These aren't pluralizations, which should be obvious from the examples. (e.g. the plural of apparition is apparitions.)"
  • "The visual aspect is not all of it—hence the misleading term apparition."