Definition of apparition
apparitionalplay \-ˈrish-nəl, -ˈri-shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of apparition in a Sentence
an eccentric who claimed to have photographed an apparition in her very own house
Recent Examples of apparition from the Web
An apparition holding a ginormous grudge haunts my house.
One hundred years ago, the sleepy agricultural town of Fátima in Portugal’s Centro region skyrocketed to international renown when three children reported seeing an apparition of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.
Two of the three child shepherds who reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, one century ago, will be declared saints on May 13, 2017 by Pope Francis.
The primary responsibility for authenticating a reported apparition lies with the local bishop.
Francis is spending fewer than 24 hours in Fatima to celebrate the centenary of the apparitions and canonize two of the three shepherd children.
But their visions were accepted as authentic apparitions by the Church in 1930.
Francis will commemorate the anniversary of the apparitions, which began May 13, 1917.
Initially, Francis had planned to travel to Fatima merely to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions.
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Origin and Etymology of apparition
Middle English apparicioun, from Anglo-French aparicion, from Late Latin apparition-, apparitio appearance, from Latin apparēre to appear
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of apparition for English Language Learners
: a ghost or spirit of a dead person
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