apparition

EnglishEdit

 
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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/
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NounEdit

apparition (plural apparitions)

  1. An act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
    • (Can we date this quote by William H. Prescott and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      the sudden apparition of the Spaniards
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Walter Scott and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse occasioned much speculation in that portion of the world.
  2. The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.
    • (Can we date this quote by Tatler and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      [] 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.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      I think it is the weakness of mine eyes / That shapes this monstrous apparition.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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

EtymologyEdit

From Latin appāritiō.

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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