apparition

noun ap·pa·ri·tion \ ˌa-pə-ˈri-shən \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of apparition

1 a : an unusual or unexpected sight : phenomenon
  • strange apparitions in the sky
b : a ghostly figure
  • reported seeing ghostly apparitions in the old house
2 : the act of becoming visible : appearance
  • the apparition of sunlight through the window

apparitional

play \-ˈrish-nəl, -ˈri-shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of apparition in a Sentence

  1. an eccentric who claimed to have photographed an apparition in her very own house

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Origin and Etymology of apparition

Middle English apparicion, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French appariciun "appearance," borrowed from Medieval Latin appāritiōn-, appāritiō "appearance, supernatural manifestation, Epiphany," going back to Late Latin, "appearance" (Latin, "service, attendance"), from Latin appāri-, variant stem of appārēre "to be visible, be evident, attend, serve" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at appear


APPARITION Defined for English Language Learners

apparition

Definition of apparition for English Language Learners

  • : a ghost or spirit of a dead person


APPARITION Defined for Kids

apparition

noun ap·pa·ri·tion \ ˌa-pə-ˈri-shən \

Definition of apparition for Students

1 : ghost
2 : an unusual or unexpected sight
  • What it was, whether bear or man … the terror of this new apparition brought me to a stand.
  • —Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island


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