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Definition of:

Phantasm - fantasm

  1.   a product of fantasy: such as
    • a figment of the imagination; an illusion or apparition.

      "the cart seemed to glide like a terrible phantasm"
    • delusive appearance
    • apparition, ghost, spirit, specter, phantom, ghoul, apparition
    • a figment of the imagination
  2.    mental representation of a real object


Middle English (in the sense ‘deceptive appearance’): from Old French fantasme, via Latin from Greek phantasma, from phantazein ‘make visible’, from phainein ‘to show’.

The change from f- to ph- in the 16th century was influenced by the Latin spelling.