apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, specter, spectre
Meaning: a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
It is the shadow of a shadow, the apparition of a soul!
With the aid of the darkness, it seemed a sort of apparition.
Here the clock struck one, and immediately the apparition faded away.
The Lancers acknowledged the apparition only by an increase of pace."
'As the apparition left off speaking my dog pricked up his ears and began to bark.
But there were others who saw it elsewhere and on different occasions-- hunters, herdsmen, and travellers--all alike awed, alike perplexed, by the apparition.
If, however, the apparition should turn out to be no vampire, but only a respectable ghost, they might manage to endure its presence, till it should be weary of haunting them.
There were still further speculations, that related less to the apparition itself than to its connection with the other grand topic of the time--the murder of young Poindexter.
He would have liked to put on a dry suit of clothes first, but the apparition declined to leave him for an instant until her hour was up, and he was forced to deny himself that pleasure.
To us, more important than anything presented on this subject, is this evidence of the existence of a very early dispute among the first disciples of Jesus on the question of whether he was real or merely an apparition.