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phantasmagoric

or phantasmagorical

[fan-taz-muh-gawr-ik or fan-taz-muh-gawr-i-kuh l; -gor-] /fænˌtæz məˈgɔr ɪk or fænˌtæz məˈgɔr ɪ kəl; -ˈgɒr-/
adjective
1.
having a fantastic or deceptive appearance, as something in a dream or created by the imagination.
2.
having the appearance of an optical illusion, especially one produced by a magic lantern.
3.
changing or shifting, as a scene made up of many elements.
Sometimes, phantasmagorial [fan-taz-muh-gawr-ee-uh l, -gor-] /fænˌtæz məˈgɔr i əl, -ˈgɒr-/ (Show IPA).
Related forms
phantasmagorically, adverb
phantasmagorially, phantasmagorianly, adverb
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  • All is still on a colossal scale, but playful, capricious, phantasmagoric.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • It was like nothing so much as the phantasmagoric play of the northern lights.

    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The transaction had been so sudden as to have something of the phantasmagoric about it.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • The lightning flashed and leaped about like phantasmagoric demons, as if mocking the sailors in their frantic dread.

  • All was wonderful, admirable, phantasmagoric beyond his wildest and dearest expectations.

  • Did not the dominant spirit within her bear a close likeness to his own phantasmagoric soul?

    The Golden Road

    Frank Waller Allen
  • Then all at once, in a riot that afterwards seemed to her phantasmagoric, the policeman raised a forefinger in salute.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Her little world was phantasmagoric—strange shadows dancing on a sheet.

    What Maisie Knew

    Henry James

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