Definition of apparition in English:

apparition

noun

  • 1A ghost or ghostlike image of a person.

    • ‘Throughout history there have been reports of ghosts, apparitions and spiritual visitations, both angelic and demonic.’
    • ‘Miranda, not her, but a ghostly apparition of what she was, rose up on the roof of the car.’
    • ‘The use of the supernatural in the witches, the visions, the ghost, and the apparitions is a key element in making the concept of the play work and in making the play interesting.’
    • ‘These ghostly floating apparitions ranged from a pristine white - though more often dirtied by lava sand - to the most incredibly deep inky blue.’
    • ‘The ghosts aren't malignant apparitions; they're special effects.’
    • ‘The scares come from things that go bump in the night rather than from ghostly apparitions making visitations.’
    • ‘She became a shadow of her former self, like a ghost, an apparition that makes the same trip every day unable to finish it, bound to start it all over again.’
    • ‘His eyes, lazy a second ago, stared at me wildly as if I was a ghost, an apparition.’
    • ‘At this point, you have come to believe that you have a haunted house with bumps, rappings, ghostly footsteps and even apparitions that roam the hallways.’
    • ‘The city was full of Undead - everything from animated skeletons to ghostly apparitions, and zombies.’
    • ‘Some ten per cent of the population claim to have seen a ghost or some other apparition that seems completely invisible to others.’
    • ‘So, basically, I spent every Saturday for about a year in the NY library researching ghosts, apparitions, synchronicity, paranormal and parapsychology.’
    • ‘They thought He was a ghost, a phantasm, an apparition, a spirit, anything except their Master.’
    • ‘In front of him stood five ghostly apparitions.’
    • ‘He seeks to understand the truth behind the stories of good and bad angels, magic, apparitions, vampires, witchcraft, possession by demons, and the dead who come back to life.’
    • ‘Ghoulish apparitions and spooky spectres are being put under the spotlight at a York tourist attraction.’
    • ‘In the case of apparitions, or true ghosts, it's the idea of the human consciousness surviving the death of the body and sticking around and somehow being capable of communicating or interacting with us.’
    • ‘These paintings harbour a menagerie of folk-monsters, a phantasmagoria of apparitions that might be beatific angels or might be ghoulish extraterrestrials.’
    • ‘For those who drove at night a ghostly apparition would sometimes cross their headlight beam, turning towards them its own glaring headlights.’
    • ‘Unless I am establishing an alibi or there are ghostly apparitions hovering next to me, I'm not too bothered at seeing pictures of myself somewhere, but of course I'm too polite to say anything.’
    ghost, phantom, spectre, spirit, wraith, shadow, presence
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    1. 1.1The appearance of something remarkable or unexpected, typically an image of this type.
      ‘twentieth-century apparitions of the Virgin’
      • ‘This explanation would explain why many apparitions appear to work like a pre-recorded message.’
      • ‘From the earliest times, both traditions have learned caution regarding possible visions or apparitions of Christ that do not clearly manifest the five wounds of His passion and death.’
      • ‘He compares these both to the scriptural accounts of Christ's post-Resurrection appearances and to the history of apparitions in the later church.’
      • ‘She gasped, momentarily confused by the apparition that appeared before her.’
      • ‘From time to time, Mary has shared these treasures with us through remarkable apparitions.’
      • ‘This marks the beginning of a yearlong apparition, when the giant planet will blaze within the stars of Gemini.’
      • ‘Devotion to Mary was based on shrines inherited from the medieval era and the Counter-Reformation, but was fuelled as well by a remarkable series of apparitions that produced some of the most famous religious sites in the modern world.’
      • ‘Another friend said that he saw an apparition of an elderly man carrying a body and it appeared to be headless and armless.’
      • ‘Random glimpses of people and things appear in his work, their apparitions framed within the small space of his attention.’
      • ‘In the final apparition, the angel appeared holding the Eucharist.’
      • ‘Over the eighteen years since the first reports emerged in West Waterford of apparitions of the Virgin Mary, many thousands of people have gone there by day and night to pray and reflect on their lives.’
      • ‘He stood spell-bound, gazing at them the way one would at an apparition suddenly materialising out of the blue.’
      • ‘Jupiter has had a brilliant yearlong apparition, but sky watchers are running out of time to view it.’
      • ‘Then as if an apparition had appeared, a face showed up on the water's surface.’
      • ‘One only has to witness the apparition, the manifestation.’
      • ‘Glancing from the window in the early evening, a splendid apparition met his gaze.’
      • ‘It's something he has never seen before in these waters, but as quickly it appeared, the apparition is gone.’
      • ‘It explains numerous religious apparitions and visions.’
      • ‘Modernity and secularization notwithstanding, the association between Marian apparitions and war and political turmoil continued unabated in the twentieth century as well.’
      • ‘Then, out of nowhere a bus appeared like an apparition.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense the action of appearing): from Latin apparitio(n-) attendance from the verb apparere (see appear).

Pronunciation:

apparition

/ˌapəˈriSH(ə)n/