Definition of phantasmagoria
1 : an exhibition of optical effects and illusions
2a : a constantly shifting complex succession of things seen or imaginedb : a scene that constantly changes
3 : a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection, or assemblage
Examples of phantasmagoria in a Sentence
He saw a phantasmagoria of shadowy creatures through the fog.
Origin and Etymology of phantasmagoria
French phantasmagorie, from phantasme phantasm (from Old French fantasme) + -agorie (perhaps from Greek agora assembly) — more at agora
First Known Use: circa 1802
PHANTASMAGORIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of phantasmagoria for English Language Learners
: a confusing or strange scene that is like a dream because it is always changing in an odd way
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