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apparition

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noun ap·pa·ri·tion \ˌa-pə-ˈri-shən\

Simple Definition of apparition

  • : a ghost or spirit of a dead person

Full Definition of apparition

  1. 1 a :  an unusual or unexpected sight :  phenomenon b :  a ghostly figure

  2. 2 :  the act of becoming visible :  appearance

ap·pa·ri·tion·alplay \-ˈrish-nəl, -ˈri-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of apparition

  1. <an eccentric who claimed to have photographed an apparition in her very own house>



Origin of apparition

Middle English apparicioun, from Anglo-French aparicion, from Late Latin apparition-, apparitio appearance, from Latin apparēre


First Known Use: 15th century


APPARITION Defined for Kids

apparition

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noun ap·pa·ri·tion \ˌa-pə-ˈri-shən\

Definition of apparition

  1. 1 :  ghost

  2. 2 :  an unusual or unexpected sight <What it was, whether bear or man … the terror of this new apparition brought me to a stand. — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island>





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