One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sequence of real or imaginary images like that seen in a dream.‘what happened next was a phantasmagoria of horror and mystery’
delusion, illusion, figment of the imagination, vision, apparition, mirage, chimera, fantasy, dream, daydreamView synonyms
- ‘He creates a bad-dream atmosphere, a phantasmagoria of boredom, futile journeys, wasted lives and endless, incantatory meetings.’
- ‘Someone had set up a strobe light in the back, so the dancing figures were in silhouette, and their movements appeared to consist of a series of slides; like the images from a phantasmagoria.’
- ‘These paintings harbour a menagerie of folk-monsters, a phantasmagoria of apparitions that might be beatific angels or might be ghoulish extraterrestrials.’
- ‘NBC producer David Michaels and director John Gonzalez put a phantasmagoria of images up on screen in the more than an hour-and-a-half of the telecast.’
- ‘Mere words could never capture the phantasmagoria of our dreamscape.’
Early 19th century (originally the name of a London exhibition (1802) of optical illusions produced chiefly by magic lantern): probably from French fantasmagorie, from fantasme ‘phantasm’ + a fanciful suffix.
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