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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
phantasm
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ After all, what most urgently needs thought in this century, if not the event and the phantasm?
▪ The philosophy of the phantasm may, however, help us to do justice to the event of Foucault himself.
▪ The sepoy was no phantasm ... on the contrary, he looked more consistent than ever.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Phantasm

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
phantasm

early 13c., fantesme, from Old French fantosme "a dream, illusion, fantasy; apparition, ghost, phantom" (12c.), and directly from Latin phantasma "an apparition, specter," from Greek phantasma "image, phantom, apparition; mere image, unreality," from phantazein "to make visible, display," from stem of phainein "to bring to light, make appear; come to light, be seen, appear; explain, expound, inform against; appear to be so," from PIE root *bha- (1) "to shine" (cognates: Sanskrit bhati "shines, glitters," Old Irish ban "white, light, ray of light"). Spelling conformed to Latin from 16c. (see ph). A spelling variant of phantom, "differentiated, but so that the differences are elusive" [Fowler].

Wiktionary
phantasm

n. something seen but having no physical reality; a phantom or apparition.

WordNet
phantasm
  1. n. a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us" [syn: apparition, phantom, phantasma, specter, spectre]

  2. something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight" [syn: apparition, phantom, phantasma, shadow]

Wikipedia
Phantasm (film)

Phantasm is a 1979 American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and edited by Don Coscarelli. It introduces the Tall Man ( Angus Scrimm), a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who turns the dead into dwarf zombies to do his bidding and take over the world. He is opposed by a young boy, Mike ( Michael Baldwin), who tries to convince his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and family friend Reggie ( Reggie Bannister) of the threat.

Phantasm was a locally financed independent film; the cast and crew were mostly amateurs and aspiring professionals. Though initial reviews were mixed, it later received positive reviews and became a cult classic; both positive and negative reviews focused on the dream-like, surreal narrative and imagery. It has appeared on several critics' lists of best horror films, and it has been cited as an influence on later horror series. It was followed by three sequels: Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), and Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998). The last two were released direct-to-video. A fourth sequel titled Phantasm: Ravager will be released in the United States in theaters and via digital HD on October 7, 2016.

Phantasm

Phantasm may refer to the following:

  • Any illusion
    • Apparitional experience
    • Hallucination
    • Ghost

In comics:

  • Phantasm (comics), a short-lived member of the New Teen Titans

In film:

  • Don Coscarelli's Phantasm series
    • Phantasm (film), a 1979 horror film
    • Phantasm II (1988)
    • Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)
    • Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)
    • Phantasm: Ravager (2016)
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

In television:

  • "Phantasms" (Star Trek: The Next Generation), an episode

In music:

  • Phantasm (music group), a viol consort
  • Phantasm (band), a thrash metal band from Los Angeles
  • Phantasm Records, a record label
  • Phantasm (FES), alias for Yui Sakakibara
  • Phantasm Festival, an electronic music festival in Canada

In games:

  • Avenging Spirit, an arcade game known as Phantasm in Japan
  • Phantasmagoria (video game), a puzzle game released as Phantasm in Japan
Phantasm (comics)
''For the Phantasm character that first appeared in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, see Andrea Beaumont''.

Danny Chase (later called Phantasm) is a fictional superhero in DC Comics publications.

Phantasm (band)

Phantasm was an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California active between 1986 and 1988. Something of a supergroup, they are notable for including early Metallica bassist Ron McGovney, Hirax singer Katon W. De Pena, and prolific drummer Gene Hoglan. The band did not record an album during its existence, but issued live and demo material on the 2001 CD Wreckage.

Phantasm (film series)

Phantasm is an American horror film series that consists of four films. It's about the Tall Man ( Angus Scrimm), a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who turns the dead into dwarf zombies to do his bidding and take over the world. He is opposed by a young boy, Mike ( A. Michael Baldwin), who tries to convince his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and family friend Reggie ( Reggie Bannister) of the threat. The first film was released in 1979 and received generally positive reviews and has garnered a cult following.

Phantasm (music group)

Phantasm is a viol consort based in England. It was founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus. It catapulted into international prominence when its debut CD won a Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 1997. Since then, they have released seventeen further recordings, won several awards, and, in the words of their website, "have become recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today". In 2005 Phantasm were named Consort-in-Residence at Oxford University, where they regularly appeared at the Holywell Music Room and other University venues. In 2010, Phantasm became Consort-in-Residence at Magdalen College Oxford where they perform in Magdalen College's Chapel and collaborate with Magdalen College Choir.

Since the beginning of 2016 PHANTASM – with its members hailing from the USA, Britain and Finland – has established its new home in Berlin, Germany.

Critics have called their performances and recordings: 'intoxicating', 'revelatory', 'electrifying', 'interpretations pervaded by a truly burning spirit'.

The history of Phantasm and its recordings was featured on the Early Music Show, BBC Radio 3 with Lucie Skeaping, and they illustrated an audible 'history of English consort music' with BBC Radio 3 presenter Catherine Bott before their appearance at the Lufthansa Festival in London. Along with concerts at Magdalen College, Oxford, and at the Holywell Music Room (Oxford) they appeared in Saltaire Yorkshire on a series sponsored by the Early Music Shop, at the Barcelona Early Music Festival in May 2009 with a concert of Purcell's Complete Fantasies and In Nomines, and at the Hong Kong International Music Festival in 2013.

Their CD, the complete five- and six-part works of the Jacobean composer John Ward for Linn Records, was launched after their final concert at the Utrecht Early Music Festival in 2011. The disc follows the success of Phantasm's 2007 CD, John Jenkins's Five-Part Consorts, which was a finalist for the Gramophone Award in Early Music, and for the MIDEM Classical Award in Early Music.] Their 2012 Lawes disc was a Finalist for a Gramophone Award in the Baroque Instrumental category.

They have also recorded on the Channel Classics Records, GMN, Simax, and Avie Records labels.

Usage examples of "phantasm".

Now it was necessary that even in this respect the soul of Christ should be filled with knowledge, not that the first fulness was insufficient for the human mind in itself, but that it behooved it to be also perfected with regard to phantasms.

But here it must be noted that this transvection offers a difficulty, which has often been mentioned, arising from one single authority, where it is said: It cannot be admitted as true that certain wicked women, perverted by Satan and seduced by the illusions and phantasms of devils, do actually, as they believe and profess, ride in the night-time on certain beasts with Diana, a goddess of the Pagans, or with Herodias and an innumerable multitude of women, and in the untimely silence of night pass over immense tracts of land, and have to obey her in all things as their Mistress, etc.

Turn Chartreux or Trappist, and relate your secrets, but, as for me, I do not like any one who is alarmed by such phantasms, and I do not choose that my servants should be afraid to walk in the garden of an evening.

The ascetics of the Thebaid were amazed to see in their cells phantasms of delights unknown even to the voluptuaries of the age.

Turn Chartreux or Trappist, and relate your secrets, but, as for me, I do not like any one who is alarmed by such phantasms, and I do not choose that my servants should be afraid to walk in the garden of an evening.

The Warlock had pretended to call up the dead: phantasms that Clubfoot animated with his thoughts.

Thus far we have been meeting those who, on the evidence of thrust and resistance, identify body with real being and find assurance of truth in the phantasms that reach us through the senses, those, in a word, who, like dreamers, take for actualities the figments of their sleeping vision.

The corpses bowed in homage and the dead king, its phantasm whispering in grief, abandoned the living who did not know him anymore, and went to join the dead.

The white, glistening phantasm stood among the corpses, its cold light casting a pale glow over the chill faces.

So of other doctrines, each new Avatar strips them of some of their old pretensions, until they take their fitting place at last, if they have any truth in them, or disappear, if they were mere phantasms of the imagination.

The doubts dinned always in his ear and he wondered if he clutched at phantasms, or if somehow the strangeling invaders sent malign influences into Ket-Ta-Witko to lure and twist and weaken.

These phantasms added their chill to that imparted by the tone of the walls, the landscapes, and the carpets, and contributed to the violence of the contrast when the chandelier was lighted up full glare, and the heat of the whole furnace welled up from the registers into the quivering atmosphere on one of the rare occasions when the Laphams invited company.

Meekly, sorrowfully, the phantasms did as they were commanded, each moving away from its corpse, each standing as near as it dared without risking the ire of the necromancer.

Their phantasms, drifting restlessly behind the cadavers, had eyes that retained the wisdom and knowledge of the living.

But his gaze shifted from the cadaver to the phantasms, those pathetic, shadowy forms always hovering near their bodies, within reach, yet unable to touch.