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phantasmagoria

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noun phan·tas·ma·go·ria \(ˌ)fan-ˌtaz-mə-ˈgȯr-ē-ə\

Simple Definition of phantasmagoria

  • : a confusing or strange scene that is like a dream because it is always changing in an odd way

Full Definition of phantasmagoria

  1. 1 :  an exhibition of optical effects and illusions

  2. 2 a :  a constantly shifting complex succession of things seen or imagined b :  a scene that constantly changes

  3. 3 :  a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection, or assemblage

phan·tas·ma·gor·ic play \-ˈgȯr-ik, -ˈgär-\ or phan·tas·ma·gor·i·cal play \-i-kəl\ adjective

Examples of phantasmagoria

  1. He saw a phantasmagoria of shadowy creatures through the fog.



Origin of phantasmagoria

French phantasmagorie, from phantasme phantasm (from Old French fantasme) + -agorie (perhaps from Greek agora assembly) — more at agora


First Known Use: circa 1802


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