English word phantom comes from Ancient Greek φαντάζω (phantázō - show, make visible), and later Latin phantasma (apparition, spectre, phantom., image, appearance).
detailed word origin explanation
phantázō: show; to make visible; (passive) become visible, appear
phantázō: phantom, apparition, ghost
Apparition, spectre, phantom. Image, appearance.
An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.. Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition; something elusive or delusive. Fictitious or nonexistent.. Illusive.
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Descendants of φαντάζω