Trueman left the cottage and got back to Mr. fantom's, just as the family were going to sit down to dinner, as he had promised.
"I do not understand these things," said fantom, making toward the door.
This revived Mr. fantom, who again ventured to glance a hope at the spoons.
We willingly call a fantom our fellow, as knowing we shall soon be of their dark companionship.
"Yes, but one may, if it is only by signing one's name to an essay or paragraph in a newspaper," said fantom.
Mr. fantom believed, not in proportion to the strength of the evidence, but to the impudence of the assertion.
Losing the power to believe with vital faith in God and in the soul, men cling to the fantom life of cheap and vulgar pleasures.
Well, Mr. fantom, you are a wonderful man to keep up such a stock of benevolence at so small an expense.
At the left, an aged man, or fantom shade, leaned for support against the throne.
"I see plain enough what it is," said Mr. fantom, sitting down again without the least emotion.
c.1300, fantum "illusion, unreality," from Old French fantosme (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fantauma, from Latin phantasma "an apparition" (see phantasm). The ph- was restored in English late 16c. (see ph). Meaning "specter, spirit, ghost" is attested from late 14c.; that of "something having the form, but not the substance, of a real thing" is from 1707. As an adjective from early 15c.
fantom fan·tom (fān'təm)
Variant of phantom.
phantom phan·tom or fan·tom (fān'təm)
Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality.
An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.
A model, especially a transparent one, of the human body or of any of its parts.
Resembling, characteristic of, or being a phantom; illusive.