Definition of manifestation in English:

manifestation

noun

  • 1An event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, especially a theory or an abstract idea.

    ‘the first obvious manifestations of global warming’
    • ‘Individual evildoers can be defeated; the current manifestation of evil can be destroyed.’
    • ‘One of the most obvious manifestations of muscle mass loss is the decreased ability to produce force.’
    • ‘Such yearning is a manifestation of a pure revolutionary spirit.’
    • ‘To this end, a theory construes those phenomena as manifestations of entities and processes that lie behind or beneath them, as it were.’
    • ‘There it was, the mysterious manifestation of the ‘festival atmosphere’.’
    • ‘What we saw here was a manifestation of a global oversupply problem in emerging markets.’
    • ‘More importantly, the feast was a ceremonial manifestation of the warfaring nature of society.’
    • ‘Offshoring is merely the latest manifestation of a well-established process.’
    • ‘I see democracy as the political manifestation of our cultural evolution.’
    • ‘Another manifestation of the black market in Belfast is the legendary and ever-popular delivery services.’
    • ‘We are looking not at an event but at a visual manifestation of thought.’
    • ‘She says the whole event was a manifestation of some new kind of consciousness.’
    • ‘This change has many obvious surface manifestations.’
    • ‘At present they are the earliest evidence of human creativity and the first known visual manifestations of abstract thought.’
    • ‘Class differentiation, on the other hand, is increasing both in day-to-day social interaction and manifestations of disparities.’
    • ‘The obvious manifestation of that is in low turnouts at elections.’
    • ‘The phenomena described above are the obvious manifestations of this dilemma.’
    • ‘He is always portrayed as an abstract manifestation of evil, from which we, as the good children of the next generation, are safely separated.’
    • ‘In addition, he still constitutes the paradigmatic figure in whom philosophy, even in its most abstract manifestations, is never severed from the concerns of life.’
    • ‘As this column demonstrated last week, this polarisation is extreme and has clear-cut economic, cultural and political manifestations.’
    1. 1.1 The action or fact of showing an abstract idea.
      ‘the manifestation of anxiety over the upcoming exams’
      • ‘Also, the speech of Lord Clyde contains no manifestation of express disagreement with Lord Hope.’
      • ‘He witnessed Saturday's manifestation and calls it a ‘circus’.’
      • ‘Nationalist violence erupts to the surface given any public manifestation of difference.’
      • ‘This celestial alignment will create greater flow between the realms of thought and the world of physical manifestation.’
      • ‘On the contrary, Hamlet's manifestation of courage and the words that speak to that courage are thrilling.’
      • ‘One such factor pertains to the mode of expression or form of manifestation.’
      display, demonstration, showing, show, exhibition, presentation, indication, illustration, exemplification, exposition, disclosure, declaration, expression, profession
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    2. 1.2 A symptom or sign of an ailment.
      ‘a characteristic manifestation of Lyme disease’
      • ‘Social withdrawal can be a manifestation of untreated physical symptoms such as pain.’
      • ‘The behavior and clinical manifestations of infectious diseases also might be dictated by the same phenomenon.’
      • ‘Sometimes the manifestations of liver disease are not obvious.’
      • ‘Interest in the cardiovascular manifestations of sleep apnea has grown dramatically over the past few years.’
      • ‘Acute respiratory distress syndrome is the clinical manifestation of severe, acute lung injury.’
      sign, indication, evidence, proof, token, symptom, testimony, substantiation, mark, symbol, reflection, example, instance
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    3. 1.3 A version or incarnation of something or someone.
      ‘Purity and Innocence and Young Love in all their gentle manifestations’
      • ‘According to Malek, the cat was regarded strictly as a manifestation of a deity, not a deity itself.’
      • ‘Baptists believe Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ, the incarnate manifestation of the Eternal God.’
      • ‘The Hindu temple, in all its diverse manifestations, incarnates this truth.’
      • ‘The holy land of Bharat is the birthplace of many incarnations and manifestations of divine power that descended on earth in human garb.’
      • ‘Twentieth-century art, particularly in its abstract manifestations, provides many examples of such integration.’
      • ‘We are all incarnations and manifestations of the Divine.’
    4. 1.4 An appearance of a ghost or spirit.
      • ‘He called it a hobby while I called it a manifestation of an evil spirit.’
      • ‘They issued a number of condemnations, and claimed that spirit manifestations were in fact the work of demons.’
      • ‘The majority of spiritual manifestations use electromagnetic energy to interact with our world, hence the bag.’
      • ‘Though he waited, no further manifestations appeared.’
      • ‘Oh, and for the record, I've never experienced a physical manifestation of a spirit.’
      • ‘It seems there's nothing like a demonic manifestation to stimulate the giving spirit.’
      • ‘The same applies to the spiritual manifestations in his work.’
      • ‘And to take the place of the word of God he holds out spiritual manifestations.’
      • ‘In the literary ghost story, at least in many of its classic manifestations, the ghost is all, and the deliberate arousal of fear is the story's primary purpose.’
      apparition, appearance, materialization, visitation
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Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin manifestatio(n-), from the verb manifestare ‘make public’.

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