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

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The dream is of pure lightness (a film as fantasia) and simultaneously of pure weight (a film as witness). Adam Thirlwell, The New York Review of Books, "Adam Thirlwell," 25 Oct. 2018 And Bambu Indah, John and Cynthia Hardy’s 12-room fantasia by the river, may persuade you to move in for good with its antique Javanese wooden houses and swooping bamboo buildings, not to mention the meditation pod that hangs out over the river. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The caravan story, a lurid xenophobic fantasia that has now resulted in thousands of troops deployed on US soil, shows that those threads are snapping. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 Having lived in Florida during Hurricane Wilma in 2005, Mr. Robbins felt losing access to drinking water for weeks or even months was a plausible scenario—a contingency to plan for, not just some dystopian fantasia. Jeff Bercovici, WSJ, "The Upscale Way to Prepare for Doomsday—from $79,500 Teslas to $275 Jeans," 10 May 2018 Dietland — a sweeping fantasia that connects oppressive beauty standards and rape culture — opens with a montage of women hurting themselves to be beautiful: a woman sticking a finger down her throat, a razor blade slicing a breast. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Sharp Objects," 11 July 2018 Inspired by a childhood love of One Thousand and One Nights, the American architect came up with an orientalist, but not ahistorical, fantasia of waterfalls, bazaars, and museums, with statues of Harun al-Rashid and Aladdin. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 With that in mind, Town & Country created a feast and a corresponding fashion fantasia the likes of which have never been seen before. Max Vadukul, Town & Country, "A Very Merry Band: When Fashion Meets the Feast," 28 Nov. 2017 Be they human or alien, everyone’s trying to score something in this seminal downtown punk fantasia, restored to optimum glitter-and-skeeze for a new century. Michael Phillips,, "10 movies to see in Chicago this summer," 2 May 2018

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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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