phantasmagoric

or phan·tas·ma·gor·i·cal

[fan-taz-muh-gawr-ik or fan-taz-muh-gawr-i-kuh l; -gor-]
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adjective
  1. having a fantastic or deceptive appearance, as something in a dream or created by the imagination.
  2. having the appearance of an optical illusion, especially one produced by a magic lantern.
  3. changing or shifting, as a scene made up of many elements.
Sometimes phan·tas·ma·go·ri·al [fan-taz-muh-gawr-ee-uh l, -gor-] /fænˌtæz məˈgɔr i əl, -ˈgɒr-/.
Related formsphan·tas·ma·gor·i·cal·ly, adverbphan·tas·ma·go·ri·al·ly, phan·tas·ma·go·ri·an·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


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  • All is still on a colossal scale, but playful, capricious, phantasmagoric.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • It was like nothing so much as the phantasmagoric play of the northern lights.

    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The transaction had been so sudden as to have something of the phantasmagoric about it.

    A Friend of Caesar

    William Stearns Davis

  • The lightning flashed and leaped about like phantasmagoric demons, as if mocking the sailors in their frantic dread.

  • All was wonderful, admirable, phantasmagoric beyond his wildest and dearest expectations.