1. An image formed by the mind, and supposed to be real or material; a shadowy or airy appearance; sometimes, an optical illusion; a phantom; a dream. "They be but phantasms or apparitions." (Sir W. Raleigh)

2. A mental image or representation of a real object; a fancy; a notion. "Figures or little features, of which the description had produced in you no phantasm or expectation." (Jer. Taylor)

Origin: L. Phantasma. See Phantom, and cf. Fantasm] [Spelt also fantasm.

(01 Mar 1998)

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