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Definition something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary

In philosophy, a phenomenon is something as known through the senses. It is contrasted with a noumenon.
  • It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
phenomenon = something that is of special interest
  • It's a surprise phenomenon at the box office.
  • phenomenon = something considered extraordinary
  • The phenomenon was predicted by Einstein.
  • phenomenon = something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
  • The phenomenon was first noticed by Marie Curie.
  • phenomenon = something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
  • She is a new phenomenon in tennis.
  • phenomenon = someone considered extraordinary
  • Some readers will find the story unreal and disturbing, but child abuse is a disturbing phenomenon that is a reality in our society.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • phenomenon = thing that exists
  • All down the ages there have been countless reports of strange phenomena—poltergeists, telepathy, precognition—which you had named but never explained.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • phenomena = interesting observable things
  • Real psychic phenomena or group hypnosis?
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • phenomena = observable things
  • Nothing was more common, in those days, than to interpret all meteoric appearances, and other natural phenomena that occurred with less regularity than the rise and set of sun and moon, as so many revelations from a supernatural source.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • phenomena = interesting observable things
  • This miracle has never been fully explained, although learned men have visited the Zuckerman pigpen to study and observe the phenomenon.
    E. B. White  --  Charlotte's Web
  • phenomenon = something considered extraordinary
  • Though I didn't know it, I was witnessing a phenomenon that social scientists call "brain drain"—people who are able to leave struggling cities often do, and when they find a new home with educational and work opportunities, they stay there.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • phenomenon = something that exists and is of special interest
  • The phenomenon has most reliably been reported in times of crisis or in stress situations,
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • phenomenon = something seen that is considered extraordinary
  • The dryness and dullness through which your patient is now going are not, as you fondly suppose, your workmanship; they are merely a natural phenomenon which will do us no good unless you make a good use of it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • phenomenon = thing that exists
  • The concept of unity, in which positive and negative are attributes of the same force, in which good and evil are relative, ever-changing, and always joined to the same phenomenon—such a concept is still reserved to the physical sciences and to the few who have grasped the history of ideas.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • phenomenon = thing that exists
  • A dull, gloomy silence, like that which precedes some awful phenomenon of nature, pervaded the assembly, who shuddered in dismay.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • phenomenon = something considered extraordinary
  • But the phenomenon happens to be particularly well documented in frogs.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • phenomenon = something that exists and is of special interest
  • When rain comes finally, washing away a low sky of muddy ocher, we who could not control the phenomenon are pressed into relief.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • phenomenon = something that exists and is of special interest
  • This "achievement gap" is a phenomenon that has been observed over and over again, and it typically provokes one of two responses.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • phenomenon = something that exists and is of special interest
  • But if what we have witnessed is a natural phenomenon, who are we to question it?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • phenomenon = thing that exists
  • The converse phenomenon—the loosening of the island—was faster, more dramatic, and the reasons for it more evident.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
phenomenon = something that exists and is of special interest

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