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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
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.
Origin and Etymology of phantasm
Middle English fantasme, from Anglo-French fantosme, fantasme, from Latin phantasma, from Greek, from phantazein to present to the mind — more at fancy
First Known Use: 13th century
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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