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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fan•tas•tic /fænˈtæstɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. thought of and created by an unrestrained imagination;
    grotesque:fantastic rock formations.
  2. not based on reality; imaginary;
    irrational:fantastic fears.
  3. extremely great:a fantastic salary.
  4. Informal Termsextraordinarily good:a fantastic musical.
fan•tas•ti•cal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
fan•tas•tic  (fan tastik), 
adj. 
  1. conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination;
    odd and remarkable;
    bizarre;
    grotesque:fantastic rock formations; fantastic designs.
  2. fanciful or capricious, as persons or their ideas or actions:We never know what that fantastic creature will say next.
  3. imaginary or groundless in not being based on reality; foolish or irrational:fantastic fears.
  4. extravagantly fanciful;
    marvelous.
  5. incredibly great or extreme;
    exorbitant:to spend fantastic sums of money.
  6. highly unrealistic or impractical; outlandish:a fantastic scheme to make a million dollars betting on horse races.
  7. Informal Terms[Informal.]extraordinarily good:a fantastic musical.
Also,fan•tasti•cal. 
Etymology:
  • 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
fan•tasti•cal•ly, adv. 
fan•tasti•cal•ness, fan•tas′ti•cali•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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

fantastic /fænˈtæstɪk/ adj
Also: fantastical
  1. strange, weird, or fanciful in appearance, conception, etc
  2. created in the mind; illusory
  3. extravagantly fanciful; unrealistic: fantastic plans
  4. incredible or preposterous; absurd: a fantastic verdict
  5. informal very large or extreme; great: a fantastic fortune, he suffered fantastic pain
  6. informal very good; excellent
  7. of, given to, or characterized by fantasy
  8. not constant; capricious; fitful
Etymology: 14th Century fantastik imaginary, via Late Latin from Greek phantastikos capable of imagining, from phantazein to make visible

ˌfantastiˈcality, fanˈtasticalness n



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