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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fan•tas•tic /fænˈtæstɪk/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- thought of and created by an unrestrained imagination;
grotesque:fantastic rock formations.
- not based on reality; imaginary;
- extremely great:a fantastic salary.
- Informal Termsextraordinarily good:a fantastic musical.
(fan tas′tik), adj.
- conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination;
odd and remarkable;
grotesque:fantastic rock formations; fantastic designs.
- fanciful or capricious, as persons or their ideas or actions:We never know what that fantastic creature will say next.
- imaginary or groundless in not being based on reality; foolish or irrational:fantastic fears.
- extravagantly fanciful;
- incredibly great or extreme;
exorbitant:to spend fantastic sums of money.
- highly unrealistic or impractical; outlandish:a fantastic scheme to make a million dollars betting on horse races.
- Informal Terms[Informal.]extraordinarily good:a fantastic musical.
fan•tas′ti•cal•ness, fan•tas′ti•cal′i•ty, n.
1 . Fantastic, bizarre, grotesque share a sense of deviation from what is normal or expected. Fantastic suggests a wild lack of restraint, a fancifulness so extreme as to lose touch with reality:a fantastic scheme for a series of space cities.In informal use, fantastic often means simply "exceptionally good'':a fantastic meal.Bizarre means markedly unusual or extraordinarily strange, sometimes whimsically so:bizarre costumes for Mardi Gras; bizarre behavior.Grotesque implies shocking distortion or incongruity, sometimes ludicrous, more often pitiful or tragic:a grotesque mixture of human and animal features; grotesque contrast between the forced smile and sad eyes: a gnarled tree suggesting the figure of a grotesque human being.
- Greek phantastikós able to present or show (to the mind), equivalent. to *phantad-, base of phantázein to make visible (akin to phānós light, bright, phaínein to make appear) + -tikos -tic
- Medieval Latin fantasticus, variant of Late Latin phantasticus
- Middle English fantastik pertaining to the imaginative faculty 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fantastic /fænˈtæstɪk/ adj
Etymology: 14th Century fantastik imaginary, via Late Latin from Greek phantastikos capable of imagining, from phantazein to make visibleˌfantastiˈcality, fanˈtasticalness n
- strange, weird, or fanciful in appearance, conception, etc
- created in the mind; illusory
- extravagantly fanciful; unrealistic: fantastic plans
- incredible or preposterous; absurd: a fantastic verdict
- informal very large or extreme; great: a fantastic fortune, he suffered fantastic pain
- informal very good; excellent
- of, given to, or characterized by fantasy
- not constant; capricious; fitful
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