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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Definitions for apparition

  1. a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost; a specter or phantom; wraith: a ghostly apparition at midnight.
  2. anything that appears, especially something remarkable or startling: the surprising apparition of cowboys in New York City.
  3. an act of appearing; manifestation.

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Citations for apparition
He turned his eyes towards the entrance and beheld a strange and dreadful apparition, a monstrous and fearful shape standing silently by his side. , Plutarch, Parallel Lives, translated by Bernadotte Perrin, 1917
He was particularly interested in the questions of thought transference and of apparitions of the living, and in November, 1896, he commenced a series of experiments in conjunction with Mr. Vincey, of Staple Inn, in order to test the alleged possibility of projecting an apparition of one's self by force of will through space. H. G. Wells, "The Stolen Body," Twelve Stories and a Dream, 1903
Origin of apparition
late Middle English
Apparition ultimately derives from the Latin verb appārēre meaning "to appear," itself a derivative from the Latin via Old French. It entered English in the early 1500s.