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phantom

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noun phan·tom \ˈfan-təm\

Simple Definition of phantom

  • : the soul of a dead person thought of as living in an unseen world or as appearing to living people

  • : something that is not real and exists only in a person's mind

  • : something that is hard to see or achieve

Full Definition of phantom

  1. 1 a :  something apparent to sense but with no substantial existence :  apparition b :  something elusive or visionary c :  an object of continual dread or abhorrence <the phantom of disease and want>

  2. 2 :  something existing in appearance only

  3. 3 :  a representation of something abstract, ideal, or incorporeal <she was a phantom of delight — William Wordsworth>

phan·tom·like play \-ˌlīk\ adverb or adjective

Examples of phantom

  1. The book is about the phantoms that are said to haunt the nation's cemeteries.

  2. The crisis is merely a phantom made up by the media.



Origin of phantom

Middle English fantosme, fantome, from Anglo-French fantosme phantasm


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with phantom


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phantom

adjective phan·tom

Simple Definition of phantom

  • : coming from or associated with the world of ghosts

  • : not real or true or not based on something real or true

  • : not real but felt or experienced as something real

Full Definition of phantom

  1. 1 :  of the nature of, suggesting, or being a phantom :  illusory

  2. 2 :  fictitious, dummy <phantom voters>




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