Definition of Fantastic

1. Adjective. Ludicrously odd. "A grotesque reflection in the mirror"

Exact synonyms: Antic, Fantastical, Grotesque
Similar to: Strange, Unusual
Derivative terms: Antic, Grotesqueness

2. Adjective. Extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers. "A tremendous achievement"

3. Adjective. Fanciful and unrealistic; foolish. "A fantastic idea of his own importance"
Exact synonyms: Wild
Similar to: Unrealistic
Derivative terms: Fantasy

4. Adjective. Existing in fancy only. "Fantastic figures with bulbous heads the circumference of a bushel"
Exact synonyms: Fantastical
Similar to: Unreal
Derivative terms: Fantasy, Fantasy

5. Adjective. Extravagantly fanciful in design, construction, appearance. "Gaudi's fantastic architecture"
Similar to: Fancy

Definition of Fantastic

1. a. Existing only in imagination; fanciful; imaginary; not real; chimerical.

2. n. A person given to fantastic dress, manners, etc.; an eccentric person; a fop.

Definition of Fantastic

1. Adjective. Existing in or constructed from fantasy; of or relating to fantasy; fanciful. ¹

2. Adjective. Not believable; implausible; seemingly only possible in fantasy. ¹

3. Adjective. Wonderful; marvelous; excellent; extraordinarily good or great (''used especially as an intensifier''). ¹

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Definition of Fantastic

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Medical Definition of Fantastic

1. 1. Existing only in imagination; fanciful; imaginary; not real; chimerical. 2. Having the nature of a phantom; unreal. 3. Indulging the vagaries of imagination; whimsical; full of absurd fancies; capricious; as, fantastic minds; a fantastic mistress. 4. Resembling fantasies in irregularity, caprice, or eccentricity; irregular; oddly shaped; grotesque. "There at the foot of yonder nodding beech, That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high." (T. Gray) Synonym: Fanciful, imaginative, ideal, visionary, capricious, chimerical, whimsical, queer. See Fanciful. Origin: F. Fantastique, fr. Gr. Able to represent, fr. To make visible. See Fancy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fantastic


Literary usage of Fantastic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The first and most powerful of the Fantastic Poets was John Donne, who was born about ... The Fantastic Poets were not mere triflers with words and images. ..."

2. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"that it might be taken for the work of a Rationalist if the fantastic author had not signed it with his fantastic doctrine, never renounced, ..."

3. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1895)
"Like all of Mr. Morris's prose poems, it is a fantastic tale, half a parable, half a fairy story, couched in the beautiful and poetic-— if archaic — English ..."

4. The Writings of Mark Twain [pseud.] by Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner (1899)
"... everywhere were signs of a hoary antiquity, but with nothing touching or beautiful about it; everywhere were those groups of fantastic pagans; ..."

5. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1883)
"I would not swear that we saw more than one such the canal, the gables are fashioned in most fantastic shapes of curve and scroll, and the general ..."

6. An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray (1883)
"There, at the foot of yonder nodding beech, 'That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high, ... fantastic ..."

7. The Sun by Amédée Guillemin (1875)
"What is the Form of the Solar Disc Ï—The Sun at the Horizon ; ita Doubly Elliptic Form ; Fantastic Forms caused by Refraction in Layers of Vapor. ..."

8. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"Nature 102:313-16 D 19 '18 Fantastic ice-formation. BR Freer. II Countryside M 22:156 Mr '16 Title to Ice in mill pond; court decision. ..."

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