- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pæɹ.aɪˈdəʊ.li.ə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɛɹ.aɪˈdoʊ.li.ə/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -əʊliə
- Hyphenation: par‧ei‧do‧lia
- The tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as interpreting marks on Mars as canals, seeing shapes in clouds, or hearing hidden messages in music.
2006, Steve W. Martin, “Choosing Your Battles”, in Heavy Hitter Selling: How Successful Salespeople Use Language and Intuition to Persuade Customers to Buy, Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 150:
2010, Rick Emmer, “Nessies of the New World”, in Loch Ness Monster: Fact or Fiction? (Creature Scene Investigation), New York, N.Y.: Chelsea House Publishers, Infobase Publishing, →ISBN, page 81:
- Pareidolia is a state of mind where a vague or unclear image is perceived to be something recognizable, regardless of whether it's something you expect to see. The most famous example of pareidolia is the familiar face of the Man in the Moon.
tendency to interpret vague stimuli as something familiar
- pareidolia on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- “pareidolia” in Paul McFedries, Word Spy, Logophilia Limited, 2 March 2004, retrieved 4 June 2017.
- “pareidolia” in The Skeptic’s Dictionary
pareidolia f (plural pareidolias)
- pareidolia (tendency to interpret vague stimuli as something familiar)