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fantasm

Phantasm \Phan"tasm\, n. [L. phantasma. See Phantom, and cf. Fantasm.] [Spelt also fantasm.]

  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.
    --Cudworth.

    Figures or little features, of which the description had produced in you no phantasm or expectation.
    --Jer. Taylor.

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Fantasm

Fantasm is a 1976 softcore pornographic film, directed by Richard Franklin under a pseudonym. It was followed by a sequel, Fantasm Comes Again, the following year, directed by a pseudonymous Colin Eggleston.

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fantasm

n. (alternative spelling of phantasm English)

Usage examples of "fantasm".

In spite of the bright, grainy, mundane light of morning, which is support to chase all fancies away and dissolve all troubling fantasms, the ball was still frozen there in midair, motionless, exactly the same way it had been the night before.

And Cardan, who dream'd that he discoursed with his dead Father in the Moon, made thereof no mortal Interpretation: and even to dream that we are dead, was no condemnable Fantasm in old oneirocriticism, as having a signification of Liberty, vacuity from Cares, exemption and freedom from Troubles, unknown unto the dead.

In his burning gaze Balthus glimpsed and vaguely recognized pristine images and half-embodied memories, shadows from Life's dawn, forgotten and repudiated by sophisticated races - ancient, primeval fantasms unnamed and nameless.

In his burning gaze Balthus glimpsed and vaguely recognized pristine images and half-embodied memories, shadows from Life's dawn, forgotten and repudiated by sophisticated races -- ancient, primeval fantasms unnamed and nameless.

In spite of the bright, grainy, mundane light of morning, which is supposed to chase all fancies away and dissolve all troubling fantasms, the ball was still frozen there in midair, motionless, exactly the same way it had been the night before.

I am given to strange fantasms, yet am never weak enough to believe in them.