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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These seemingly unrelated features of senescence are manifestations of a common underlying phenomenon: declining bioresilience. WSJ, "Is There a Limit to the Human Lifespan?," 24 June 2018 Both governments vehemently condemn all forms of anti-Semitism and express their commitment to oppose any of its manifestations. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Israeli historian accuses Benjamin Netanyahu of whitewashing Polish complicity in the Holocaust.," 5 July 2018 That is the truest manifestation of the American spirit, and it’s been subverted in this century by a powermad strongman and his idiot minions who think crushing the poor and the vulnerable is some kind of punk move. Drew Magary, GQ, "There Is Bravery in Each Other," 3 July 2018 This is just the newest manifestation of an administration that is toxic for our children and our babies. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Cages, ‘Infestations,’ and the Demonization of Immigrants," 27 June 2018 To bolster your manifestation, disconnect from the Internet during this exercise. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 This set the stage for a confidence that gravitational waves, as a necessary consequence of the theory, had to have some physical manifestation. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gravitational waves and the slow pace of scientific revolutions," 30 June 2018 Like the border wall—and the farcical prototype competition—the tent city at Tornillo has become yet another physical manifestation of the Trump administration’s immigration policy. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This is the Texas tent camp meant as shelter for migrant children," 20 June 2018 People see the crowds, the skyscrapers, the development as the physical manifestations of the revival. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Fertilize your creative spirit with these gardening books," 8 June 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

: 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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