fantasist

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

Definition of fantasist

: one who creates fantasias or fantasies

Examples of fantasist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dylan is a catch — all wonderful kind of fantasist, and Billy is at the other extreme. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Choreographer Twyla Tharp on the differences between working with Billy Joel and Bob Dylan," 23 Mar. 2021 The pattern has been repeated with other historical events: In 2007, the head of a 9/11 survivors’ support group, Alicia Esteve Head, was exposed as a fantasist. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Identity Hoaxers," 16 Mar. 2021 Millions voted for the autocrat-envious man in the carnival mirror, the fantasist and his enablers who through indifference and venality sent so many of them to hospital emergency rooms. Darryl Pinckney, The New York Review of Books, "A Gift for the Long Game," 9 Mar. 2021 Now an entire country is in much the same position that Delgatti's associates from Araraquara have often found themselves in, never knowing how seriously to take a serial fantasist. Darren Loucaides, Wired, "The Scammer Who Wanted to Save His Country," 13 Nov. 2020 Though their aesthetics were dramatically different each was a fantasist in his own way. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Galliano. McQueen. Chalayan. McCartney. These London Libertines “Created Their Own Rules”," 7 Nov. 2020 No surprise, then, that Alkaitis turns out to be the book’s most helpless fantasist. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“The Glass Hotel” Is a Profound Study of Responsibility in Times of Crisis," 26 Mar. 2020 This was one of many damaging claims that Parnas made to Maddow, prompting Trump’s supporters to dismiss him as a self-serving fantasist. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "“Take Her Out”: Donald Trump’s Role in the Ukraine Scheme Is Caught on Tape," 24 Jan. 2020 Unable to accept the real reasons Germany had lost, Hitler, a fantasist since his adolescence, took refuge in a dreamworld of conspiracy theory in which Jews were allocated a uniquely malevolent role. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Two New Biographies Reexamine Hitler," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fantasist

1896, in the meaning defined above

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6 Apr 2021

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“Fantasist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fantasist. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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