[ fan-taz-muhl ]
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  1. pertaining to or of the nature of a phantasm; unreal; illusory; spectral: phantasmal creatures of nightmare.

Origin of phantasmal

First recorded in 1805–15; phantasm + -al1
  • Also phan·tas·mic, phan·tas·mi·cal, phan·tas·mat·ic [fan-taz-mat-ik], /ˌfæn tæzˈmæt ɪk/, phan·tas·mat·i·cal.

Other words from phantasmal

  • phan·tas·mal·i·ty, noun
  • phan·tas·mal·ly, phan·tas·mi·cal·ly, phan·tas·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby phantasmal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use phantasmal in a sentence

  • Brood in tenderness over the hearts of the anxious, the miserable, the victims of phantasmal fear and morbid imaginings.

    The Meaning of Faith | Harry Emerson Fosdick