Are we legislating, or amusing ourselves with phantasmagoria?
The rest of that luncheon-party was a phantasmagoria of faces and voices to poor Nelly.
Breathe upon the passion and the phantasmagoria will vanish.
He suspected Gordon, and as for the phantasmagoria of last night, he could make nothing of it.
Lights flash about us everywhere—green lights, white lights, red lights, a phantasmagoria of drug-store bottles.
Perhaps that other phantasmagoria, the Internet, is the solution.
He found attraction in the Gnostic mysteries, and still more in the phantasmagoria of Judicial Astrology.
If nature had been merely a phantasmagoria there would have been no science of nature.
But what do we know of the forces which make up the phantasmagoria that we call the World?
In short, dreaming is synonymous to us with illusion, phantasmagoria, and falsehood.
1802, name of a "magic lantern" exhibition brought to London in 1802 by Parisian showman Paul de Philipstal, the name an alteration of French phantasmagorie, said to have been coined 1801 by French dramatist Louis-Sébastien Mercier as though to mean "crowd of phantoms," from Greek phantasma "image, phantom, apparition" (see phantasm) + second element probably a French form of Greek agora "assembly" (but this may have been chosen more for the dramatic sound than any literal sense). Transferred meaning "shifting scene of many elements" is attested from 1822. Related: Phantasmagorical.
phantasmagoria phan·tas·ma·go·ri·a (fān-tāz'mə-gôr'ē-ə) or phan·tas·ma·go·ry (fān-tāz'mə-gôr'ē)
n. phan·tas·ma·go·ri·as or phan·tas·ma·go·ries
A fantastic sequence of haphazardly associative imagery, as seen in dreams or fever.