- a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable: to study the phenomena of nature.
- something that is impressive or extraordinary.
- a remarkable or exceptional person; prodigy; wonder.
- an appearance or immediate object of awareness in experience.
- Kantianism.a thing as it appears to and is constructed by the mind, as distinguished from a noumenon, or thing-in-itself.
Origin of phenomenon
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Examples from the Web for phenomenon
Putin, because of his acts in Ukraine, he lost Russkiy Mir as a phenomenon.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible
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But the phenomenon of counterfeiting is as old as couture itself.The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits
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That phenomenon is not limited to peaceniks with spiritual aspirations.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
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When I spoke to Tavris about this phenomenon, she emphasized that everyone does this.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
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This video, courtesy of BuzzFeed, helps to illustrate this phenomenon.What Is Privilege?
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The nature of the phenomenon was clear, but the laws which governed it were still a mystery.Heroes of the Telegraph
San Francisco was a pleasure-resort as well as a city, and Salt Lake was a phenomenon.American Notes
Duncan observed this phenomenon with natural astonishment not unmixed with awe.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
They re-entered the cottage, and sat some time conversing on the phenomenon they had seen.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
There was here a phenomenon that no physiologist had yet studied.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- anything that can be perceived as an occurrence or fact by the senses
- any remarkable occurrence or person
- the object of perception, experience, etc
- (in the writings of Kant) a thing as it appears and is interpreted in perception and reflection, as distinguished from its real nature as a thing-in-itselfCompare noumenon
Word Origin and History for phenomenon
1570s, "fact, occurrence," from Late Latin phænomenon, from Greek phainomenon "that which appears or is seen," noun use of neuter present participle of phainesthai "to appear," passive of phainein (see phantasm). Meaning "extraordinary occurrence" first recorded 1771. Plural is phenomena.
- An occurrence, circumstance, or fact that is perceptible by the senses, especially one in relation to a disease.
- An unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel.