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phantasmal

[fan-taz-muh l] /fænˈtæz məl/
adjective
1.
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),
phantasmatical.
Origin of phantasmal
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; phantasm + -al1
Related forms
phantasmality, noun
phantasmally, phantasmically, phantasmatically, adverb
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  • They were too phantasmal and extravagant to enter into any one's fate.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • As to phantasmal bodies, she would prefer to see them first.

    Real Ghost Stories William T. Stead
  • Not this time could it be traced to some evil spell, some phantasmal influence.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • phantasmal, blanched by the dark, his flowers dreamed on the lawn.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • It is easy then to picture the moor as the phantasmal haunt of lost races.

    Dartmoor Arthur L. Salmon
  • Imagination fills me at times with vast and phantasmal splendors.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • But he seemed now only like one of the sad phantoms in her phantasmal past.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • The splashing of the fountain was phantasmal and very far away.

    The Duchess of Wrexe

    Hugh Walpole
  • However it be, Caterina's face is filmy, phantasmal, compared with my mother's.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
Word Origin and History for phantasmal
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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