phantasmagoria


phan·tas·ma·go·ria

noun \(ˌ)fan-ˌtaz-mə-ˈgr-ē-ə\

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

Full Definition of PHANTASMAGORIA

1
:  an exhibition of optical effects and illusions
2
a :  a constantly shifting complex succession of things seen or imagined
b :  a scene that constantly changes
3
:  a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection, or assemblage
phan·tas·ma·gor·ic \-ˈgr-ik, -ˈgär-\ or phan·tas·ma·gor·i·cal \-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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