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phantasm

noun phan·tasm \ˈfan-ˌta-zəm\

Simple Definition of phantasm

  • : something that exists only in a person's mind

Full Definition of phantasm

  1. 1 :  a product of fantasy: as a :  delusive appearance :  illusion b :  ghost, specter c :  a figment of the imagination

  2. 2 :  a mental representation of a real object

phan·tas·mal play \fan-ˈtaz-məl\ adjective
phan·tas·mic play \-mik\ adjective

Examples of phantasm

  1. <frightened by the phantasms of his own making>

  2. <believed that she'd seen the phantasm of her father on the anniversary of his death>



Variants of phantasm

also fan·tasm \ˈfan-ˌta-zəm\

Origin of phantasm

Middle English fantasme, from Anglo-French fantosme, fantasme, from Latin phantasma, from Greek, from phantazein to present to the mind — more at fancy


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with phantasm


Medical Dictionary

phantasm

play
noun phan·tasm \ˈfan-ˌtaz-əm\

Medical Definition of phantasm

  1. 1:  a figment of the imagination or disordered mind

  2. 2:  an apparition of a living or dead person




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