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

Examples of manifestation in a Sentence

a portrait of a mother and child that is regarded as the very manifestation of maternal love
Recent Examples on the Web Soon, Harper is running for her life, as every manifestation of the film’s title seems bent on tormenting her, physically or psychologically. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 The film treats the Chelsea as a poetic manifestation of limbo, each character contemplating mortality and immortality in their own way. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2022 Hitchens would have seen opposition to the coronavirus vaccine as another manifestation of destructive irrationalism. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 26 Dec. 2021 Coast club could certainly be seen as a manifestation of that sort of attitude, a sense of exemption from ordinary strictures and petty rules. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 21 Dec. 2021 As a physical manifestation of this idea, the the ceramic mold from which the sculpture was made will be visible on the exterior of the work. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 The second mediocrity establishes something perhaps greater still: the power to portray one’s group in full — neither as a racist trope nor as a manifestation of our ancestors’ wildest dreams. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Officials have also expressed concern about abortions as a manifestation of eroding family values., 27 Sep. 2021 And, as Taylor argues, the push for westward expansion, imagined now as a manifestation of America’s confidence in its own future, was animated largely by America’s insecurities. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 24 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of manifestation

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

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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.


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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