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[fan-taz-muh l]
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  1. pertaining to or of the nature of a phantasm; unreal; illusory; spectral: phantasmal creatures of nightmare.
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Also phan·tas·mic, phan·tas·mi·cal, phan·tas·mat·ic [fan-taz-mat-ik] /ˌfæn tæzˈmæt ɪk/, phan·tas·mat·i·cal.

Origin of phantasmal

First recorded in 1805–15; phantasm + -al1
Related formsphan·tas·mal·i·ty, nounphan·tas·mal·ly, phan·tas·mi·cal·ly, phan·tas·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for phantasmic

apparent, chimeric, chimerical, deceitful, delusive, delusory, fake, fallacious, fanciful, fantastic, fictional, fictitious, fictive, hallucinatory, ideal, illusory, imaginary, misleading, mistaken, ostensible

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Historical Examples of phantasmic

  • The phantasmic groupings of the young brain are very like those we see in the skies, and equally the sport of the wind.

    The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete

    George Meredith

Word Origin and History for phantasmic



1813, from phantasm + -al (1). Related: Phantasmally.

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