Definition of manifestation in English:



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