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Oct 2, 2019
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thinko
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apophenia
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apophenia
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apophenia

PRONUNCIATION:
(a-puh-FEE-nee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: The perception of connections or meaning in unrelated or random phenomena.

ETYMOLOGY:
From German Apophänie, from Greek apo- (away, off, apart) + phainein (to show). Earliest documented use: around 1980. Apophenia is the general term -- pareidolia is an example of apophenia.

USAGE:
“It was apophenia, which made you see the shape of a person in what were only cigarette fumes floating in the air.”
Elisabeth Sheffield; Helen Keller Really Lived: A Novel; University of Alabama Press; 2014.

See more usage examples of apophenia in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Truth never damages a cause that is just. -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 Oct 1869-1948)

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