phantasmagorical

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phantasmagorical (comparative more phantasmagorical, superlative most phantasmagorical)

  1. Alternative form of phantasmagoric
    • 1886, Julian Hawthorne, Confessions and Criticisms, ch. 3 "Americanism in Fiction":
      Accordingly, Hawthorne selects the Brook Farm episode (or a reflection of it) as affording his drama "a theatre, a little removed from the highway of ordinary travel, where the creatures of his brain may play their phantasmagorical antics, without exposing them to too close a comparison with the actual events of real lives."
    • 1921, Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow, ch. 28:
      "In my youth," he went on after a pause, "I found myself, quite fortuitously, involved in a series of the most phantasmagorical amorous intrigues."