Definition of phantasmal:
supernatural, visionary, dreamlike, delusive, phantasmagoric, ghostlike, religious, delusory, ghostly, unearthly, delusory, imaginary, spectral, fanciful, illusive, phantasmic, real, apparitional, hallucinatory, chimeric, spiritual.
- "History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Hohenzollerns In Brandenburg--1412-1718", Thomas Carlyle.
Above the baying of phantasmal hounds that pressed him hard and drove him on, with never rest or mercy; above the lashing of a spectral whip that curled about his limbs, sang in his ears, and continually stung him forward; above the outcries of the unclean shapes that thronged about him,- he could still distinguish one real sound,- the rush and sweep of hurrying waters.- "Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands and Other Stories", Bret Harte.
Long before this essay was written or published, I had been struck by this phantasmal dream- like quality in some of Stevenson's works, which I was puzzled to account for, until I read this extraordinary explanation, for explanation it undoubtedly affords.- "Robert Louis Stevenson a Record, an Estimate, and a Memorial", Alexander H. Japp.