phantasmagoria

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

Definition of phantasmagoria

1 :an exhibition of optical effects and illusions
2 a :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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of phantasmagoria

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


PHANTASMAGORIA Defined for English Language Learners

phantasmagoria

noun

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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