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Examples of phantasm in a Sentence
frightened by the phantasms of his own making
believed that she'd seen the phantasm of her father on the anniversary of his death
Recent Examples of phantasm from the Web
Over the years many have reported glimpsing ghosts and phantasms amid the shadows of this labyrinthine mansion, with its 10,000 windows, 2,000 doors, 47 fireplaces, 40 staircases, 13 bathrooms and nine kitchens.
The restless ghost of the company—its supernatural imprint—will dwell in the space until the end of time, which is a major plus for any phantasm fan.
As for Patty Hearst herself, Toobin treats her as a person, not a tabloid phantasm.
The Thing (1982) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) The Omen (1976) PhantasmHalloween (1978) Friday the 13th American Werewolf in London Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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Did You Know?
The root "phan" comes from Greek verbs that mean "to appear or seem" or "to present to the mind." Does "phan" bring to your mind any other English words, in addition to "phantasm"? Indeed, this root appears in several English words that have to do with the way things seem or appear rather than the way they really are. Phantasmagoria and diaphanous are examples. Also from this root are words such as "fanciful" and "fantasy," in which the imagination plays an important part.
PHANTASM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of phantasm for English Language Learners
: something that exists only in a person's mind
Medical Definition of phantasm
1: a figment of the imagination or disordered mind
2: an apparition of a living or dead person
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