apparitions

[ ap-uh-rish-uhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF apparitions
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Abbe Peyramale was the parish priest of Lourdes at the time of the apparitions.

Pierre, however, at once proceeded to recount the other apparitions.

Every body talks of apparitions of angels and demons, and of souls separated from the body.

We have not the least doubt that their apparitions are the work of the demon, if they are real.

And what glory to God, what advantage to men, could accrue from these apparitions?

We have already mentioned this subject in the Dissertation on Apparitions.

The two apparitions within the body-cloud were at death grips.

But these belong to the subject of apparitions rather than to that of clairvoyance.

No sooner were they uttered than his mind became a rendezvous of apparitions.

This lets us into the secret of many of De Foe's apparitions.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, "unclosing" (of Heaven), from Anglo-French aparicion, Old French apparition, aparoison (15c.), used in reference to the Epiphany (revealing of Christ child to the Wise Men), from Late Latin apparitionem (nominative apparitio) "an appearance," also "attendants," in classical Latin "service, servants," noun of action from past participle stem of apparere "appear" (see appear). Meaning "ghost" first recorded c.1600; the shade of sense differentiation between appearance and apparition is that the latter tends to be unexpected or startling.

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