fan·​ta·​sia | \ fan-ˈtā-zhə How to pronounce fantasia (audio) , -zhē-ə, -zē-ə; ˌfan-tə-ˈzē-ə \

Definition of fantasia

1 : a free usually instrumental composition not in strict form
2a : a work (such as a poem or play) in which the author's fancy roves unrestricted
b : something possessing grotesque, bizarre, or unreal qualities

Examples of fantasia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Working with interior designer James Jamieson, Barrett has transformed it into a fantasia of resonant art (from both her personal collection and Barrett Barrera’s), vintage and antique furniture, and bold prints. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "See How a St. Louis House Was Transformed Into a Vibrant Arts Club," 22 Feb. 2021 But of course that’s how Quentin Tarantino would choose to end his victory of American revenge-movie tropes over the Nazis in his World War II fantasia. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 Instead, Hawley has constructed a cancel culture fantasia that handwaves all the wreckage and carnage of January 6 and instead focuses on America’s real victim: Josh Hawley. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Josh Hawley is Playing the Victim," 26 Jan. 2021 Thirty-five years ago the internet was a fantasia, to be slipped into like Narnia, at the back of a shameful closet, out of sight of grown-ups. 1843, "The internet, mon amour," 19 June 2020 How to watch: Rent from various outlets 12 Monkeys (1995, dir. Terry Gilliam) Terry Gilliam has provided multiple visions of humanity’s future, from the baroque dystopia of Brazil to the dreamy fantasia of The Zero Theorem. David Sims, The Atlantic, "22 Movies About the End of the World to Watch Now," 18 Apr. 2020 One of the surprises of the coronavirus outbreak thus far has been that so many people have responded to it by watching Contagion, or reading Station Eleven, or revisiting Severance, all bleak fantasias about disease-ridden worlds. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Marc Maron’s End-of-the-World Anxiety," 12 Mar. 2020 That house, where Jackie has lived for decades with fellow creative Don Seiden (her husband of half a century), is a quirky, colorful locale out of a Wes Anderson fantasia. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'So Late So Soon': Film Review," 6 Mar. 2020 On one hand, the series (from first-time showrunner David Weil) is punchy and propulsive, overrun with toothsome dialogue and framed like a comic-book action fantasia. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix or Amazon this weekend," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fantasia

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fantasia

Italian, literally, fancy, from Latin phantasia — more at fancy

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27 Feb 2021

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“Fantasia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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