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Line breaks: fan|tas¦tic
Pronunciation: /fanˈtastɪk

Definition of fantastic in English:


1Imaginative or fanciful; remote from reality: fantastic hybrid creatures
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  • Everything in Ilija's work is unreal and ahistorical, fantastic and imaginative.
  • There are ongoing sightings of sea-monsters and fantastic creatures lurking in the emerald green waters.
  • Most contain fantastic elements, from Lucifer and Jesus to a field of talking cows.
fanciful, extravagant, extraordinary, irrational, wild, mad, absurd, far-fetched, nonsensical, incredible, unbelievable, unthinkable, implausible, improbable, unlikely, doubtful, dubious;
strange, peculiar, odd, queer, weird, eccentric, insane, whimsical, capricious;
imaginary, visionary, romantic, unreal, illusory, make-believe
informal crazy, barmy, potty, daft, cock-eyed, oddball, off the wall
strange, weird, bizarre, outlandish, queer, peculiar, eccentric, grotesque, freakish, surreal, exotic;
whimsical, fanciful, quaint, imaginative, elaborate, ornate, intricate, rococo, baroque, phantasmagoric, Kafkaesque
1.1(Of an object) seeming more appropriate to the imagination than to reality; strange or exotic: a fantastic, maze-like building
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  • This island hosts a large number of strange-shaped stones and fantastic caves.
  • But even as the light faded, strange and fantastic bird sounds came from every side.
  • Palm trees swayed as the wind combed their leaves into flying crests like strange and fantastic coiffure.
2 informal Extraordinarily good or attractive: she’s got a fantastic body
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  • This wonderful daughter, fantastic friend, and excellent pupil had secured a place at a top university.
  • He has a wonderful wife, a fantastic job and two brilliant children.
  • There will also be a raffle for fabulous prizes including a fantastic hamper, so come along and try your luck.
tremendous, remarkable, great, terrific, enormous, huge, striking, impressive, outstanding, phenomenal, monumental, overwhelming
British informal brilliant, brill, bosting
Australian/New Zealand informal bonzer
British informal , dated spiffing, topping, tip-top, top-notch, capital
2.1Of an extraordinary size or degree: she had spent a fantastic amount of cash
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  • Making them also uses a fantastic amount of water, far more than is used washing re-usable ones.
  • It's wonderfully remote, with fantastic cliffs and big white sandy beaches.
  • The great total of e260 was collected on the morning which is a fantastic amount.


late Middle English (in the sense 'unreal'): from Old French fantastique, via medieval Latin from Greek phantastikos, from phantazein 'make visible', phantazesthai 'have visions, imagine', from phantos 'visible' (related to phainein 'to show'). From the 16th to the 19th cents the Latinized spelling phantastic was also used.



sense 1.
Example sentences
  • At other times it is difficult to envision the book's environs, wild and fantastical as they are.
  • The enormous rotunda of Edinburgh's McEwan Hall is a fantastical, Victorian vision of the Italian Renaissance.
  • What a pity that in the closing stages, as the plot becomes ever more fantastical, the stylistic and kinetic energy wanes, and the spell is broken.


Pronunciation: /-ˈkalɪti/
sense 1.
Example sentences
  • Between King Lear and these final plays, however, comes the oddly allegorical Cymbeline, a drama the gawky fantasticality of which betrays the poet's uneasy awareness that he stood at a psychological and spiritual crossroad.
  • One presses forward along pathways and patterns heavy with ornamentation, as if groping through a mysterious maze, to engage ever more deeply with the visual inventions of this master of fantasticality.


Example sentences
  • The story that is related is quite fantastically, meticulously dull.
  • It really is fantastically thin, and it looks incredibly fragile, especially with just two towers to support it.
  • Seen within the context of these fantastically potent images, the entire production is saturated with meaning.

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