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Definitiona ghostlike figure or its appearance
or more rarely:
an unexpected or strange appearance
- There used to be a swarm of these small apparitions in holiday time, and we called them children of the Lord of Misrule.Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (17% in)
- It would have been impossible to guess that this bright and sunny apparition owed its existence to the shape of gloomy gray; or that a fancy, at once so gorgeous and so delicate as must have been requisite to contrive the child's apparel, was the same that had achieved a task perhaps more difficult, in imparting so distinct a peculiarity to Hester's simple robe.Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (17% in)
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