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phantom

phan·tom

phantom

 
 
pronunciation:
faen tm
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an unreal or illusory figure, such as a ghost or specter; apparition.
synonyms:
apparition, ghost, phantasm, shade, specter, spirit, spook, wraith
similar words:
banshee, chimera, demon, devil, fiend, hallucination, incubus, phantasmagoria, succubus
definition 2: a mental image that has no physical reality.
She wrestled with the phantoms in her mind.
synonyms:
figment, hallucination, illusion, vision
similar words:
chimera, delusion, fancy, fantasy, ghost, image, mirage
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, relating to, or characteristic of a ghost or phantom; unreal.
a phantom monster
synonyms:
ghostly, spectral
similar words:
delusive, illusory, imaginary, incorporeal, shadowy, spiritual, unreal
definition 2: actually or seemingly nonexistent.
his phantom persecutors
synonyms:
chimerical, delusive, illusory, imaginary, insubstantial, nonexistent, unreal, unsubstantial, visionary
similar words:
airy, fanciful, fantastic, immaterial, spectral
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derivation: phantomlike (adj.)
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