These are compared as such: a phantom is a ghost, but a ghost is not a phantom. The meaning of that is every phantom is a ghost, but phantoms have characteristics that prevents every ghost from being a phantom. What are those differences? I have never known.

  • haha. nice. definitely worth looking at. (This is not my field of focus, but i do find i often have to explain to the "casual audience" the distinctions between androids and cyborgs, and how only the former is a class of robot;) – DukeZhou Apr 27 '18 at 17:57
  • @DukeZhou , android- AI in a humanoid (2 arms, 2 legs, 1 head...) robot body,... cyborg- organism (human/animal/insect) improved by cybernetic replacements... This is my understanding between the two. Am I wrong? – Andrew Johnson Apr 28 '18 at 0:03
  • That is also my understanding of the cyborg/android distinction. (Of course, we rarely see cyborgs with an organic body and machine brain, as opposed to the other way around...) – DukeZhou Aug 28 '18 at 21:18
  • youtu.be/KawjY0PK7A8 – Spencer Sep 6 '18 at 20:06

According to Longman Dictionary Of Language And Culture:

phan‧tom /ˈfæntəm/ noun

  1. a shadowy likeness of a dead person that seems to appear on earth; GHOST.
  2. something that exists only in one's imagination.

ghost /ɡəʊst/ noun

  1. the spirit of a dead person that some people think they can feel or see in a place

  2. also ghost‧writ‧er ...

  3. give up the ghost ...
  4. the ghost of a ...
  5. the ghost of Christmas past ...

Stereotypes of ghosts:

Stereotypes of ghosts

Thus some meaning of this two words are same, and some are not. In other words these two words are synonyms in some cases..

  • Do you think this demonstrates any difference between the words? – Spencer Sep 6 '18 at 20:07
  • @Spencer you may invent your own, but I think that it is better to use dictionaries to understand the meaning of the words. – Drakonoved Sep 7 '18 at 7:21
  • You misunderstood the question I asked Andrew. The definitions in his response show that there is no difference between "ghost" and "phantom", at least as far as Mythology SE is concerned. That's the answer to your question. But Andrew has to come out and say that, or provide something convincing to make the answer different. – Spencer Sep 7 '18 at 10:45

To me there is a difference. In a court case you might say "your case is relying upon phantoms" but not "your evidence is full of ghosts". So a phantom to me starts off as being corporeal material and then becomes hidden; I could walk down the street in camouflage gear and be alive, human and a phantom. But a ghost leands itself more to starting off as dead and then coming back to earth to "haunt" places or people. These diferences are subtle. But they are there.

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