phantasmagoric love

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characterized by or pertaining to rapid changes in light intensity and colour.
  • adj. Characterized by or pertaining to a dream-like blurring of real and imaginary elements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to phantasmagoria; phantasmagorial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to a phantasmagoria; of the nature of phantasmagoria; illusive; unreal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek φάντασμα (phantasma, "ghost") + ἀγορεύειν (agoreuein, "to speak publicly"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yet we discover later all kinds of reasons and motivations which, while presented in phantasmagoric contexts, are not without significance.

    'Pleasure is now, and ought to be, your business': Stealing Sexuality in Jane Austen's _Juvenilia_

  • His twitterview today with Jake Tapper is full of examples as he talks about Iran not so much as an actual country full of actual people doing actual things in a difficult situation, but instead as a kind of phantasmagoric canvass onto which we should paint a tableau of American hubris and militarism. this Tweet:

    Center for American Progress Action Fund

  • Molly was looking out of her window, as it went past her with the slow beginnings of speed, watching the faces that drifted by, in a kind of phantasmagoric show, never more to be repeated, when, in the further corner of a third-class carriage near the end of the train, she caught sight of a huddled figure that reminded her of Walter; a pale face was staring as if it saw nothing, but dreamed of something it could not see.

    Home Again

  • It's a tremendous challenge to the realist novel, and at the same time, one of its greatest opportunities ever -- this dislocation into simulacra and statistics, a phantasmagoric world of global warming PowerPoints and Big Brother reality shows.

    Anis Shivani: Why American Reviewers Disliked Ian McEwan's "Solar": And What That Says About the Cultural Establishment

  • But that's mere prelude to the film's raison d 'ê tre: a phantasmagoric journey through the Buddhist equivalent of hell in which the entire cast is treated to all imaginable — and some hitherto unimaginable — tortures.

    Haunting Films From Japan

  • Called Arnolfini, in honor of the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, the bejeweled chandelier, rendered out of glass containers, including egg cups and poison bottles, suggests a phantasmagoric Still Life painting.

    Out of the Gallery and Into the Home

  • Chiara and Fabio are part of the same movement or fashion or compulsion: they have come from Italy especially for the convention, parading faces completely covered in phantasmagoric designs finished off with piercings.

    Tattoos: Eyecatching – but are they art?

  • Polanski has returned again and again to claustrophobic or insular spaces: the yacht in Knife In The Water; the phantasmagoric apartments in Repulsion and The Tenant; the houses on islands in Cul-de-Sac and The Ghost; and the single set of Death And The Maiden.

    Roman Polanski's Carnage is a joyously unpleasant film

  • Coraline's Other Father takes her for rides on a wild contraption through a phantasmagoric garden that he planted just for her.

    'Coraline' looks great, but the story lacks focus

  • The holes twist through a phantasmagoric landscape of sand dunes thrown up half a century ago when phosphate mines worked the site, and which native plants and grasses have since overgrown.

    When Building a Course Makes Sense

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