phantasmagoria

noun
phan·​tas·​ma·​go·​ria | \ (ˌ)fan-ˌtaz-mə-ˈgȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce phantasmagoria (audio) \

Definition of phantasmagoria

1 : an exhibition of optical effects and illusions
2a : a constantly shifting complex succession of things seen or imagined
b : a scene that constantly changes
3 : a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection, or assemblage

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Other Words from phantasmagoria

phantasmagoric \ (ˌ)fan-​ˌtaz-​mə-​ˈgȯr-​ik How to pronounce phantasmagoria (audio) , -​ˈgär-​ \ or phantasmagorical \ (ˌ)fan-​ˌtaz-​mə-​ˈgȯr-​i-​kəl How to pronounce phantasmagoria (audio) , -​ˈgär-​ \ adjective

Examples of phantasmagoria in a Sentence

He saw a phantasmagoria of shadowy creatures through the fog.
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First Known Use of phantasmagoria

circa 1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phantasmagoria

French phantasmagorie, from phantasme phantasm (from Old French fantasme) + -agorie (perhaps from Greek agora assembly) — more at agora

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The first known use of phantasmagoria was circa 1802

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27 Jan 2021

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“Phantasmagoria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phantasmagoria. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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phantasmagoria

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English Language Learners Definition of phantasmagoria

literary : a confusing or strange scene that is like a dream because it is always changing in an odd way

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