noun \ˈfan-tə-sē, -zē\

: something that is produced by the imagination : an idea about doing something that is far removed from normal reality

: the act of imagining something

: a book, movie, etc., that tells a story about things that happen in an imaginary world

plural fan·ta·sies

Full Definition of FANTASY

obsolete :  hallucination
:  fancy; especially :  the free play of creative imagination
:  a creation of the imaginative faculty whether expressed or merely conceived: as
a :  a fanciful design or invention
b :  a chimerical or fantastic notion
c :  fantasia 1
d :  imaginative fiction featuring especially strange settings and grotesque characters —called also fantasy fiction
:  caprice
:  the power or process of creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need <an object of fantasy>; also :  a mental image or a series of mental images (as a daydream) so created <sexual fantasies>
often attributive :  a coin usually not intended for circulation as currency and often issued by a dubious authority (as a government-in-exile)

Variants of FANTASY

fan·ta·sy also phan·ta·sy \ˈfan-tə-sē, -zē\

Examples of FANTASY

  1. His plans are pure fantasy.
  2. He can hardly tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
  3. His plans are just fantasies.
  4. Her fantasy is to be a film star.
  5. His plans are the product of pure fantasy.
  6. I spent my summer reading fantasies.

Origin of FANTASY

Middle English fantasie — more at fancy
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FANTASY

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Definition of FANTASY

:  fantasize

Examples of FANTASY

  1. <she regularly fantasies sexual encounters that she knows will never happen>

First Known Use of FANTASY

15th century

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal



Definition of FANTASY

:  of, relating to, or being a game in which participants create and manage imaginary teams consisting of players from a particular sport and scoring is based on the statistical performances of the actual players <fantasy football>

First Known Use of FANTASY



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mental images or imaginary narratives that distort or entirely depart from reality. Primary fantasies arise spontaneously from the unconscious, while secondary fantasies are consciously summoned and pursued. Sigmund Freud saw fantasy as a vehicle for the expression of repressed desires (see repression). Fantasy is important in the lives of children and is a vital element in play. In adult life it is crucial to creative thinking and the making of art. Fantasy can become destructive if it serves as a constant refuge from the world of reality and a source of delusions.


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