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 taking a moment to dismiss some of the pathetic fantasist reporting feels like an important step., "Addressing the Media Coverage & Massive Overreaction to Paul Pogba Missing a Penalty," 21 Aug. 2019 Ruiz, who’s one of the great directorial fantasists, relies on hallucinatory effects to evoke shifts in time, intimate imaginings, and literary creation. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Five Films to Stream on Kanopy While New Yorkers Still Can," 28 June 2019 For years, fantasists who peddle the fiction that Shakespeare didn’t write the plays attributed to him have failed to get Wikipedia to backdate doubts about his authorship. James Shapiro, The Atlantic, "Shakespeare Wrote Insightfully About Women. That Doesn’t Mean He Was One.," 8 June 2019 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

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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