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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌfæntæzməˈɡɒɹi.ə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌfæntæzməˈɡɔːɹi.ə/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɔːɹiə
phantasmagoria (plural phantasmagorias)
- (historical) A popular 18th- and 19th-century form of theatre entertainment whereby ghostly apparitions are formed.
- Synonym: magic lantern
- A series of events involving rapid changes in light intensity and colour.
- A dreamlike state where real and imagined elements are blurred together.
- 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V
- It is impossible to convey, in words, any idea of the hideous phantasmagoria of shifting limbs and faces which moved through the evil-smelling twilight of this terrible prison-house. Callot might have drawn it, Dante might have suggested it, but a minute attempt to describe its horrors would but disgust. There are depths in humanity which one cannot explore, as there are mephitic caverns into which one dare not penetrate.
a series of events
a dreamlike state