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[fan-taz-muh l] /fænˈtæz məl/
pertaining to or of the nature of a phantasm; unreal; illusory; spectral:
phantasmal creatures of nightmare.
Also, phantasmic, phantasmical, phantasmatic
[fan-taz-mat-ik] /ˌfæn tæzˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Origin of phantasmal
First recorded in 1805-15; phantasm + -al1
Related forms
phantasmality, noun
phantasmally, phantasmically, phantasmatically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He found something mysterious, illusory, phantasmal about her which filled him with awe.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • Not this time could it be traced to some evil spell, some phantasmal influence.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • They were too phantasmal and extravagant to enter into any one's fate.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Imagination fills me at times with vast and phantasmal splendors.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • It may be only once in a lifetime, and this one instance may be the perception of a phantasmal appearance.

  • But he seemed now only like one of the sad phantoms in her phantasmal past.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Then, again, there are auditory cases where the phantasmal speech has occurred in places not known to the deceased person.

  • There is not anything in the least phantasmal about the Greek god Apollo.

    Anthropology Robert Marett
  • We seemed to be ploughing aimlessly through the phantasmal sand-dunes of another world, faintly and by an accident apprehended.

    Letters from America Rupert Brooke
Word Origin and History for phantasmal

1813, from phantasm + -al (1). Related: Phantasmally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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