manifestation

noun
man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌma-nə-fə-ˈstā-shən , -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

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Wavy lights are the classic manifestation, but there are many other aura symptoms. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 And this hearing date is one manifestation of that. Fox News, "Ann Coulter on left's meltdown over Kavanaugh allegation; will Carter Page finally learn why the FBI spied on him?," 19 Sep. 2018 Leeu Estates, a 17-room hotel and winery on a 168-acre estate in Franschhoek, is just one manifestation of that love. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 The profusion of possible presidential candidates is only one manifestation of a much larger shift in the state's political identity. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "How California became the blue state alternative to Trump," 15 May 2018 It’s more accurate to see them as manifestations of a lifetime’s voracious, multivalent reading and looking—inventive mental collages or marvelous pastiches of unimaginably wide-ranging sources. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Born to Be Posthumous’ Review: Peculiar, Cynical, Ironic & Witty," 21 Dec. 2018 Similarly, a comet or meteor streaking across the sky might have looked very snakelike to superstitious Norsemen, who likely would have viewed them as manifestations of Jormungand. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018 Blurryface was widely received as a manifestation of Joseph's self doubts. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "5 Things We Want From Twenty One Pilots' New Album," 6 July 2018 Which seems to me the perfect physical manifestation of my grief — pieces of Sean absorbed into my own being, lodged in my brain and my heart, his loss now an inextricable part of my blood, my body, my life, my story. Shannon Leone Fowler, The Cut, "The Strange Pregnancy Fact That Helped Me Mourn My Fiancé’s Death," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of manifestation

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

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manifestation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manifestation

formal
: 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

manifestation

noun
man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌma-nə-fə-ˈstā-shən \

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.

manifestation

noun
man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌman-ə-fə-ˈstā-shən, -ˌfes- \

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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