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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

apparition (plural apparitions)

  1. An act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
    • William H. Prescott
      the sudden apparition of the Spaniards
    • Sir Walter Scott
      The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse occasioned much speculation in that portion of the world.
  2. The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.
    • Tatler
      [] which apparition, it seems, was you.
  3. An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; especially something such as a ghost or phantom.
    The attic is haunted by the ghostly apparition of a young girl who died there.
    • William Shakespeare
      I think it is the weakness of mine eyes / That shapes this monstrous apparition.
    • John Milton
      The heavenly bands [] a glorious apparition.
  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, beginning with the heliacal rising of the body and ending with its heliacal setting.

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /a.pa.ʁi.sjɔ̃/
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NounEdit

apparition f (plural apparitions)

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

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