Last modified on 5 February 2009, at 14:40

disapparate

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

A negative back-formation from apparition (see usage notes).

VerbEdit

disapparate (third-person singular simple present disapparates, present participle disapparating, simple past and past participle disapparated)

  1. To disappear (magically)
    ... the simplest thing John Prescott could do, to help secure a fourth term for Labour, would be to disapparate, taking his fellow revenants with him. ( - The Observer)

Usage notesEdit

The word was invented by J. K. Rowling in the Harry Potter books to describe a form of teleportation from one place to another, but in derived usage it often means just to disappear completely.