- a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost; a specter or phantom; wraith: a ghostly apparition at midnight.
- anything that appears, especially something remarkable or startling: the surprising apparition of cowboys in New York City.
- an act of appearing; manifestation.
- Astronomy. the appearance or time when a comet, especially a periodic one, is visible: the 1986 apparition of Halley's comet.
Origin of apparition
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Related Wordsphantom, visitant, revenant, delusion, haunt, bogeyman, specter, chimera, spirit, spook, hallucination, phantasm, illusion
Examples from the Web for apparition
And then Further is gone, back on the road, like a time-traveling relic from another era or an apparition of Jerry Garcia.On the Road With Kesey's (Drug-Free) Acid Test
August 27, 2014
Mukamazimpaka also last reported seeing an apparition in 1989.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide?
April 20, 2014
His challenge to use this week to cast the race as between two flesh-and-blood men, not the apparition of 2008.Democratic Convention Dilemma: Obama 2012 vs. Obama 2008
September 4, 2012
One of the most interested suitors, sources say, is Bob Berney, an indie veteran and the co-founder of Apparition.The Hottest Property at Sundance
January 25, 2010
Hewson appreciated this as soon as he realized that he had been confronted with an apparition.
She had not spoken to him since he had told the story of his apparition.
In his reticence he had the sense of atoning not only to the apparition but to Miss Hernshaw too.
I call it an apparition, because that's the shortest way out.
Back to the locked gate—with perhaps the apparition following him?The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- an appearance, esp of a ghost or ghostlike figure
- the figure so appearing; phantom; spectre
- the act of appearing or being visible
Word Origin and History for apparition
c.1500, "unclosing" (of Heaven), from Anglo-French aparicion, Old French apparition, aparoison (15c.), used in reference to the Epiphany (revealing of Christ child to the Wise Men), from Late Latin apparitionem (nominative apparitio) "an appearance," also "attendants," in classical Latin "service, servants," noun of action from past participle stem of apparere "appear" (see appear). Meaning "ghost" first recorded c.1600; the shade of sense differentiation between appearance and apparition is that the latter tends to be unexpected or startling.