Origin of phantasmagoria
Examples from the Web for phantasmagoria
It is one of those memories that enter into the phantasmagoria of the night.The Wasted Generation|Owen Johnson
It is the nearest approach to phantasmagoria that I have yet seen in real life.A Frenchman in America|Max O'Rell
They know them well as accidents in the phantasmagoria of New York but they do not comprehend them in the least.The Salamander|Owen Johnson
Swiftly, now, reality was asserting itself and banishing the phantasmagoria conjured up by chandu.Dope|Sax Rohmer
It was like the phantasmagoria of delirium, utterly impalpable, but yet intensely real.
British Dictionary definitions for phantasmagoria
Word Origin for phantasmagoria
Word Origin and History for phantasmagoria
1802, name of a "magic lantern" exhibition brought to London in 1802 by Parisian showman Paul de Philipstal, the name an alteration of French phantasmagorie, said to have been coined 1801 by French dramatist Louis-Sébastien Mercier as though to mean "crowd of phantoms," from Greek phantasma "image, phantom, apparition" (see phantasm) + second element probably a French form of Greek agora "assembly" (but this may have been chosen more for the dramatic sound than any literal sense). Transferred meaning "shifting scene of many elements" is attested from 1822. Related: Phantasmagorical.