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an archaic spelling of phantasm
fanˈtasmal, fanˈtasmic adj
fanˈtasmally, fanˈtasmically adv
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(ˈfæn tæz əm)

1. an apparition or specter.
2. a creation of the imagination or fancy; fantasy.
3. a mental image or representation of a real object.
4. an illusory likeness of something.
[1175–1225; Middle English fantesme < Old French < Latin phantasma < Greek phántasma image, vision]
phan•tas′mal, phan•tas′mic, phan•tas′mi•cal, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fantasm - a ghostly appearing figurefantasm - a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
Flying Dutchman - the captain of a phantom ship (the Flying Dutchman) who was condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day
2.fantasm - something existing in perception onlyfantasm - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
flying saucer, UFO, unidentified flying object - an (apparently) flying object whose nature is unknown; especially those considered to have extraterrestrial origins
Flying Dutchman - a phantom ship that is said to appear in storms near the Cape of Good Hope
ghost, specter, wraith, spectre, spook, shade - a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
illusion, semblance - an erroneous mental representation
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References in classic literature ?
So strange thy outcry, and thy words so strange Thou interposest, that my sudden hand Prevented spares to tell thee yet by deeds What it intends; till first I know of thee, What thing thou art, thus double-form'd, and why In this infernal Vaile first met thou call'st Me Father, and that Fantasm call'st my Son?
We love a fantasm that secretly consoles" (The Black Prince, 342).
Achille Mbembe (2015: 213-214) distilled five features of Christianity as a monotheistic system with God at its apex symbolising "fantasm of the One".
The fantasm of the soul without a body is the fantasm of a never-ending intellectual joy.
Juan Pablo Canala, Un fragmento del recuerdo: textos fantasm
Mainstream Bollywood still adheres to larger- than- life perfection but the new brigade is learning to mix that fantasm with reality, and the internet has emerged as an outlet for younger stars to project a persona beyond the politically correct.
The production of a consciousness of oneself and one' s community, of the practical and discursive location of selfhood, is no longer confined within the frontiers of the home-country (le pays/el-bled/tmurt), even when 'home' remains a key referent--or a key fantasm. Indeed, 'Algeria' in much of Algerian culture, musical as well as literary, is an imaginary projection, envisioned as home from a foreign horizon.
Lacan, souligne Herman Rapaport, "points out that the fantasm confronts the subject with a lack that concerns the desire of the subject.
And what is the death-drive Freud tells from the start, if not to return us sundry to that dust-bowl of the inorganic; as per that "second death" (53) fantasm Lacan salvages from the Monstre de Sade, which wills to go beyond the destruction of mere beings, by destroying too the principle from which fresh sets could emerge.