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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In short, Symptoms is a manifestation of the amount of creative control Ashley is exerting over her career. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Tisdale’s “Symptoms” Turns Her Anxieties Into Pop Songs," 23 Nov. 2018 These are films where the greatest horror comes from inside, and any outward manifestations are a result of human beings’ inability to utilize their anxieties in any way that’s beneficial for the next generation. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Hereditary' Is Dividing Audiences," 10 June 2018 To the groups of schoolchildren standing around this is a manifestation of American tribute or penance. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Dennis Rodman might go to Singapore. Here’s the story of his friendship with Kim Jong Un.," 6 June 2018 Whatever the operative thinking, austerity’s manifestations are palpable and omnipresent. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything," 28 May 2018 One practical manifestation of this is that .NET reflects a lot of the bad decisions made in Win32. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS, part II," 27 May 2018 But perhaps the most tragic manifestation of racist sentiment in Mississippi is silent. Jesmyn Ward, The Atlantic, "How Poverty and Racism Persist in Mississippi," 1 Mar. 2018 Newshub observes that tikanga, the Maori faith, states that the body of the deceased is a physical manifestation of the soul. Jordan Runtagh,, "New Zealand Band Faces Criticism for Scattering Ashes of Dead Member on Award Show Stage," 18 Apr. 2018 In that respect, the character is loaded with Felix’s experiences and is a physical manifestation of her fandom. Kt Hawbaker,, "Chicago's drag kings are out to destroy 'toxic masculinity,' one sequin and pelvic thrust at a time," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of manifestation

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

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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 \

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- \

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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