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Definition 1: something existing in perception only - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where phantom or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a ghostly apparition at midnight

Synonyms for phantom in the sense of this definition

(phantom is a kind of ...) an erroneous mental representation

(... is a kind of phantom ) an (apparently) flying object whose nature is unknown; especially those considered to have extraterrestrial origins

(... is a kind of phantom ) a phantom ship that is said to appear in storms near the Cape of Good Hope

(... is a kind of phantom ) a mental representation of some haunting experience

"he looked like he had seen a ghost" "it aroused specters from his past"

Definition 2: a ghostly appearing figure - [noun denoting person]

Samples where phantom or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us

Synonyms for phantom in the sense of this definition

(phantom is a kind of ...) any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings

(... is a kind of phantom ) the captain of a phantom ship (the Flying Dutchman) who was condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day

Definition 3: something apparently sensed but having no physical reality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where phantom or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • seemed to hear faint phantom bells
  • the amputee's illusion of a phantom limb

(phantom is similar to ...) not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary

"this conversation is getting more and more unreal" "the fantastically unreal world of government bureaucracy" "the unreal world of advertising art"

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