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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: The perception of connections or meaning in unrelated or random phenomena.
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.
“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.
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