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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The museum embodies the complicated legacy of Viollet-le-Duc, who was for much of the 20th century considered a fantasist, a Walt Disney-like figure who invented his own version of historic architecture. Washington Post, "The battle for Notre Dame," 16 Jan. 2020 But Dees insisted Mieske needed exhortations from the White Aryan Resistance to take the leap from vicious fantasist to actual killer. oregonlive, "White supremacists on trial for inciting murder required extraordinary security in Portland; case reverberates 30 years later," 8 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of fantasist

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Fantasist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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