a shifting series of phantasms, illusions, or deceptive appearances, as in a dream or as created by the imagination.
a changing scene made up of many elements.
an optical illusion produced by a magic lantern or the like in which figures increase or diminish in size, pass into each other, dissolve, etc.
- phan·tas·ma·go·ri·al, phan·tas·ma·gor·ic [fan-taz-muh-gawr-ik, -gor-], /fænˌtæz məˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-/, phan·tas·ma·go·ri·an, adjective
- phan·tas·ma·gor·ist, noun
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How to use phantasmagoria in a sentence
Not only does Marlantes nail down the sensory phantasmagoria and fear of combat, but also the elation.Anthony Swofford on America’s Best War Writer, Karl Marlantes | Anthony Swofford | November 12, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Swiftly, now, reality was asserting itself and banishing the phantasmagoria conjured up by chandu.Dope | Sax Rohmer
Savage philosophy mingles them together in one phantasmagoria of grotesquery and horror.The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
It is the hour when Byron's brain becomes thronged with a glowing phantasmagoria of ideas that cry aloud for visible expression.A Day with Lord Byron | May Clarissa Gillington
The old scenes passed through her mind like the changing picture in a phantasmagoria.East Lynne | Mrs. Henry Wood
The phantasmagoria of moving forms and faces went past and past, as he thought, altogether insignificant, meaning nothing.A Country Gentleman and his Family | Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for phantasmagoria
psychol a shifting medley of real or imagined figures, as in a dream
films a sequence of pictures made to vary in size rapidly while remaining in focus
rare a shifting scene composed of different elements
- phantasmagoric (ˌfæntæzməˈɡɒrɪk) or phantasmagorical, adjective
- phantasmagorically, adverb
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