man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌma-nə-fə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce manifestation (audio) , -ˌfe-ˈstā- \

Definition of manifestation

1a : the act, process, or an instance of manifesting demanded some manifestation of repentance
b(1) : something that manifests or is manifest
(2) : a perceptible, outward, or visible expression external manifestations of gender
c : one of the forms in which an individual is manifested Hate in all its manifestations is wrong.
d : an occult phenomenon specifically : materialization
2 : a public demonstration of power and purpose meetings, parades, and other such manifestations— H. M. Parshley

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Examples of manifestation in a Sentence

a portrait of a mother and child that is regarded as the very manifestation of maternal love
Recent Examples on the Web The quantum vacuum is a manifestation of the quantum fields that fill the universe. Brendan Z. Foster, Scientific American, "Did Galaxies Grow from Quantum Static?," 17 June 2020 Workers built a cage around him, put him on wheels and rolled the 5-ton manifestation of hate, bondage and Jim Crow out of the Rotunda and down the hall to the east entrance of the Kentucky Capitol. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Jefferson Davis represented what is wrong with our country. Kentucky showed what is right," 13 June 2020 The biggest manifestation of this influence is in union’s collective bargaining agreements, experts say. Alana Abramson, Time, "'We As Professionals Are Under Assault.' How The George Floyd Protests Are Shifting Power Away From Police Unions," 11 June 2020 The death of King in particular led to nationwide riots that were both a manifestation of grief and a response to the very clear rejection of these nonviolent efforts by white supremacists that his murder represented. Rebecca Pierce, The New Republic, "The Limits and Dangers of a Fixation on “Nonviolence”," 8 June 2020 These long lines are the physical manifestation of the seemingly precise calculations in these job reports, the embodiment of a country that surely is still facing one of its darkest chapters in nearly a century. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "A Better Jobs Report Belies America's Breadlines," 5 June 2020 And the feelings in Newark today, of promise and hope and resurgence, are basically the manifestation of the dreams of past generations. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Cory Booker on the Future of Police Reform," 5 June 2020 That leads to a highly bureaucratic and unaccountable system in which plane crashes are only the most extreme manifestation, Zaidi said. Faseeh Mangi,, "Airline in Pakistan Crash Saw 52 Safety Incidents in Half Century," 4 June 2020 Many of the crimes are opportunistic, but they’re viewed by some as a manifestation of the outrage many feel over years of police brutality toward black men, women and children. Megan Cassidy,, "Clothes. Electronics. Sports cars. Looters wreak havoc on Bay Area as police struggle to keep pace," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of manifestation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Manifestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of manifestation

: a sign that shows something clearly
: one of the forms that something has when it appears or occurs
: an occurrence in which the ghost or spirit of a dead person appears


man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌma-nə-fə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce manifestation (audio) \

Kids Definition of manifestation

1 : the act of showing plainly It was his only manifestation of concern.
2 : something that makes clear : evidence Crocuses are an early manifestation of spring.


man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌman-ə-fə-ˈstā-shən, -ˌfes- How to pronounce manifestation (audio) \

Medical Definition of manifestation

: a perceptible, outward, or visible expression (as of a disease or abnormal condition) the manifestations of shock

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