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definition of the word apparition

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From French apparition, from Latin apparitio, from appareo.



apparition (plural apparitions)

  1. The act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility. --Milton.
    The sudden apparition of the Spaniards. --Prescott.
    The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse occasioned much speculation in that portion of the world. --Sir W. Scott.
  2. The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.
    Which apparition, it seems, was you. --Tatler.
  3. An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; a ghost; a specter; a phantom. ``The heavenly bands . . . a glorious apparition. --Milton.
    I think it is the weakness of mine eyes That shapes this monstrous apparition. --Shak.
  4. (Astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured;—opposed to occultation.

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