phantasmagoria

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noun phan·tas·ma·go·ria \(ˌ)fan-ˌtaz-mə-ˈgȯr-ē-ə\

Definition of phantasmagoria

  1. 1 :  an exhibition of optical effects and illusions

  2. 2a :  a constantly shifting complex succession of things seen or imaginedb :  a scene that constantly changes

  3. 3 :  a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection, or assemblage

phantasmagoric

play \(ˌ)fan-ˌtaz-mə-ˈgȯr-ik, -ˈgär-\ or

phantasmagorical

play \(ˌ)fan-ˌtaz-mə-ˈgȯr-i-kəl, -ˈgär-\ adjective

Examples of phantasmagoria in a Sentence

  1. 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

phantasmagoria

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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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