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From Middle French apparition, from Latin apparitio, from appareo.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌæp.əɹˈɪʃn̩/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæp.ɚˈɪʃ.n̩/, /ˌæp.ɚˈɪ.ʃən/


apparition (plural apparitions)

  1. An act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
    The sudden apparition of the Spaniards.William H. 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; especially something such as a ghost or phantom.
    The attic is haunted by a ghostly apparition of a deceased young girl.
    The heavenly bands . . . a glorious apparition.John Milton.
    I think it is the weakness of mine eyes That shapes this monstrous apparition.William Shakespeare
  4. (astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured;—opposed to occultation.
  5. (astronomy) A period of consecutive days or nights when a particular celestial body may be observed. An apparition begins with the heliacal rising of the body and ends with its heliacal setting.


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  • IPA(key): /ʁi.sjɔ̃/
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apparition f (plural apparitions)

  1. appearance
  2. ghost
  3. (baseball) plate appearance


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