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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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  • And thus he mused and mused, and all his young life passed before him, phantasmagorically.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

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