Origin of phantasm
Examples from the Web for phantasm
What is Mr Carlyle himself but a Phantasm of the species which he is pleased to denounce?
He must, at any cost, escape the ignominy that loomed before him like the phantasm of a dreadful dream.Scenes from a Courtesan's Life|Honore de Balzac
In other words, the mother projected a phantasm of her dead daughter to the mind of her son.Occultism and Common-Sense|Beckles Willson
At times faith grows faint, and I think it all a delusion—a phantasm—a dream.Nuggets of the New Thought|William Walker Atkinson,
Why in this case should we call the reality sleep, and the phantasm waking?Death--and After?|Annie Besant
British Dictionary definitions for phantasm
Word Origin for phantasm
Word Origin and History for phantasm
early 13c., fantesme, from Old French fantosme "a dream, illusion, fantasy; apparition, ghost, phantom" (12c.), and directly from Latin phantasma "an apparition, specter," from Greek phantasma "image, phantom, apparition; mere image, unreality," from phantazein "to make visible, display," from stem of phainein "to bring to light, make appear; come to light, be seen, appear; explain, expound, inform against; appear to be so," from PIE root *bha- (1) "to shine" (cf. Sanskrit bhati "shines, glitters," Old Irish ban "white, light, ray of light"). Spelling conformed to Latin from 16c. (see ph). A spelling variant of phantom, "differentiated, but so that the differences are elusive" [Fowler].