manifestation

noun
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

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Millions of Americans who take no interest in discussing economic issues as such, much less in examining economic data, complained about the increasingly visible concrete manifestations of ever greater inequality. David Webber, The New York Review of Books, "Labor’s Last Hope?," 17 June 2019 In the comics, Jean’s near-death experience in space (like the moment that plays out in the beginning of the movie) results in the universe sending her the Phoenix Force, the manifestation of the power of creation and life itself. Sydney Bucksbaum, refinery29.com, "Uh, Jean Grey's Dark Phoenix Ending Needs Some Serious Explaining," 10 June 2019 One of the most obvious outward manifestations of Bannister’s influence is the rate at which the Red Sox throw their four-seamers in the upper third of the zone or above. Ben Lindbergh And Travis Sawchik, SI.com, "How MLB Washout Brian Bannister Became the Red Sox' Pitching Guru," 7 June 2019 The civil war, lasting from 1966 to 1970 after anti-Igbo pogroms in the Hausa-majority north, was a terrifying manifestation of the hatred of difference and a total lack of faith in the government. Shobana Shankar, Quartz Africa, "What the United States could learn from Nigeria about taking on anti-vaxxers," 7 June 2019 The Rolling Thunder Revue, concocted by Bob Dylan, was precisely a manifestation of its era. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Bob Dylan’s Glam Hootenanny: Returning to Rolling Thunder," 5 June 2019 The German prisoners were staggered by this manifestation of power and looked, with what almost seemed admiration, at the sight of thousands of armed men pouring from the heavens. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "What the Free Press front page looked like as D-Day unfolded," 5 June 2019 Curious about whether this difference was caused by cycling in the immune system or by some other manifestation of the clock in a whole animal, Edgar’s team infected mouse cells isolated in a dish. Quanta Magazine, "The Body’s Clock Offers a Rhythmic Target to Viruses," 30 May 2019 As Neptune is slowing down in preparation for retrograde all month, use this special solstice to do your own version of a money manifestation ritual. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Aquarius Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019

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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 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.

manifestation

noun
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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