fan·​ta·​sist | \ ˈfan-tə-sist How to pronounce fantasist (audio) , -zist\

Definition of fantasist

: one who creates fantasias or fantasies

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But such elaborate attributions were often used, winkingly, by Greek fantasists. James Romm, WSJ, "‘The Search for Atlantis’ Review: Enchanted Island," 4 Oct. 2018 Photographers Nick Knight and Tim Walker were among the fellow visual fantasists who collaborated with Howells on their striking images. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Michael Howells," 19 July 2018 But Verne’s influence here is less as a fantasist and more as a writer of moral fables. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicles: The Intoxicating Attraction of the Abyss," 8 June 2018 Scott is depicted as an unstable fantasist at first, repeatedly seeming to blackmail Thorpe (and writing Thorpe’s mother a seven-page letter including details about their affair). Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Sex, Lies, and Bunnies in A Very English Scandal," 3 July 2018 Buzzati was a fantasist whose short, dreamlike stories visited horror upon the mundane. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Snakes, Landslides & Adventures in Real Estate," 22 June 2018 Le Guin—famed fantasist-poet and anti-capitalist icon—kept at it until her death seven years later, not long after many of the best posts were collected for this book. Wired Staff, WIRED, "12 Books You Must Read This Summer," 25 May 2018 Dominic Cummings, the Vote Leave strategist, called Wylie a ‘‘fantasist-charlatan.’’ Material from the Washington Post was used in this report. Danica Kirka,, "Expert says Brexit campaign used data mined from Facebook," 27 Mar. 2018 But the president is, first and foremost, a fantasist — one who cares more about projecting the image of himself as an economic nationalist than about implementing policies that benefit American exporters. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Bids Goodbye to Gary Cohn – And Empirical Reality," 7 Mar. 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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