Definition of Fantasy

1. Noun. Imagination unrestricted by reality. "A schoolgirl fantasy"

2. Verb. Indulge in fantasies. "He is fantasizing when he says he plans to start his own company"
Exact synonyms: Fantasise, Fantasize
Generic synonyms: Conceive Of, Envisage, Ideate, Imagine

3. Noun. Fiction with a large amount of imagination in it. "She made a lot of money writing romantic fantasies"
Exact synonyms: Phantasy
Generic synonyms: Fiction
Specialized synonyms: Science Fiction
Derivative terms: Fantasist

4. Noun. Something many people believe that is false. "They have the illusion that I am very wealthy"
Exact synonyms: Fancy, Illusion, Phantasy
Generic synonyms: Misconception
Specialized synonyms: Bubble, Ignis Fatuus, Will-o'-the-wisp, Wishful Thinking
Derivative terms: Fancy, Fantasize, Illusional, Illusory

Definition of Fantasy

1. n. Fancy; imagination; especially, a whimsical or fanciful conception; a vagary of the imagination; whim; caprice; humor.

2. v. t. To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like; to fancy.

Definition of Fantasy

1. Noun. That which comes from one's imagination ¹

2. Noun. (literature) The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and fictive medieval technology. ¹

3. Noun. (slang) The drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid. ¹

4. Verb. (context: literary) To fantasize (about) ¹

5. Verb. (obsolete) To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like. ¹

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Definition of Fantasy

1. to imagine [v -SIED, -SYING, -SIES] - See also: imagine

Medical Definition of Fantasy

1. An imagined sequence of events or mental images, e.g., daydreams. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fantasy

fantasy (current term)
fantasy baseball
fantasy collapse
fantasy football
fantasy land
fantasy lands
fantasy life
fantasy sports
fantasy world

Literary usage of Fantasy

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

1. Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research by American Society for Psychical Research (1909)
"V. fantasy and Imaginative Expression. The boundary between dream and fantasy is indefinite. is appears in the case of the phantasmic and fantastic hyp- ..."

2. Poet LoreLiterature Periodicals (1921)
"98 Humpty Dumpty, A fantasy—Bertram Bloch 76 Hung, Shen—The Wedded Husband, A Realistic Chinese Play no Immortal, The, A Play in One Act—Carl Click and ..."

3. Teaching for Deep Comprehension: A Reading Workshop Approach by Linda J. Dorn, Carla Soffos (2005)
"The literal- minded child finds it more difficult to pass from reality to fantasy. Other children relish the opportunity to enter the world of enchantment. ..."

4. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1896)
"[The passages from ' fantasy ' are reprinted with the permission of the American Publishers' Corporation, publishers.] THE BOARDING-SCHOOL From 'fantasy. ..."

5. Making the Match: The Right Book for the Right Reader at the Right Time by Teri S. Lesesne (2003)
"A fantasy about finding one's true place in the world. Anna does not know who her parents are or perhaps were. She feels called to the great willow tree, ..."

6. The Short-story by Evelyn May Albright (1907)
"CHAPTER XII THE ELEMENT OF fantasy THE term romance has taken on such a variety of meanings that the word fantasy is here selected to include a portion of ..."

7. Studying the Short-story: Sixteen Short-story Classics, with Introductions by Joseph Berg Esenwein (1918)
"... STORIES OF MYSTERY AND fantasy Even more deeply seated and elemental than our love for the mysterious is our passion for undertaking its solution. ..."

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