[ fan-taz-uh m ]
/ ˈfæn tæz əm /


Definition for fantasm (2 of 2)


or fan·tasm

[ fan-taz-uhm ]
/ ˈfæn tæz əm /


an apparition or specter.
a creation of the imagination or fancy; fantasy.
a mental image or representation of a real object.
an illusory likeness of something.

Origin of phantasm

1175–1225; < Latin phantasma < Greek phántasma image, vision (akin to phantázein to bring before the mind); replacing Middle English fantesme < Old French < Latin as above


synonym study for phantasm

1. See apparition. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fantasm

  • Later still, they found a little water poured in a basin or held in the hollow of the hand showed as true a fantasm.

    The Thing from the Lake|Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Then I was right in calling you a dreamer, for love itself is a fantasm inspired by hope or memory.

    With Edge Tools|Hobart Chatfield-Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for fantasm (1 of 2)

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an archaic spelling of phantasm

Derived forms of fantasm

fantasmal or fantasmic, adjectivefantasmally or fantasmically, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for fantasm (2 of 2)

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a phantom
an illusory perception of an object, person, etc
(in the philosophy of Plato) objective reality as distorted by perception

Derived forms of phantasm

phantasmal or phantasmic, adjectivephantasmally or phantasmically, adverb

Word Origin for phantasm

C13: from Old French fantasme, from Latin phantasma, from Greek; related to Greek phantazein to cause to be seen, from phainein to show
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for fantasm

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Something apparently seen but having no physical reality; an apparition.
An illusory mental image.
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