- 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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Examples from the Web for apparitional
She was a slave to hideous rites, gazing at the apparitional snake.The Open Boat and Other Stories
That is, matter manifests itself in form, and form is apparitional.The Jacket (The Star-Rover)
Buddha is the all-loving teacher, assuming the shape of the beings whom he teaches; this is the Nirmna Kya, his apparitional body.
This is the second person of the Buddhist triad, the apparitional body of Gotama.
So with the apparitional world: the delusion passes, and unity remains.
- 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 apparitional
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.