fantastic

adjective
fan·​tas·​tic | \ fan-ˈta-stik How to pronounce fantastic (audio) , fən-\
variants: or less commonly fantastical \ fan-​ˈta-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce fantastical (audio) \

Definition of fantastic

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1a : based on fantasy (see fantasy entry 1 sense 3) : not real
b : conceived or seemingly conceived by unrestrained fancy fantastic new space and nuclear weapons— Jack Raymond
c : so extreme as to challenge belief : unbelievable a fantastic industrial complex of steel, coal, machine tools, and other heavy industries— M. S. Handler broadly : exceedingly large or great spent fantastic sums on his library
2 : marked by extravagant fantasy or extreme individuality : eccentric fantastic works of art
3 fantastic : excellent, superlative a fantastic meal

fantastic

noun

Definition of fantastic (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from fantastic

Adjective

fantasticality \ (ˌ)fan-​ˌta-​stə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce fantasticality (audio) , fən-​ \ noun
fantasticalness \ fan-​ˈta-​stə-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce fantasticalness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fantastic

Synonyms: Adjective

absurd, bizarre, crazy, fanciful, foolish, insane, nonsensical, preposterous, unreal, wild

Antonyms: Adjective

realistic, reasonable

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Adjective

fantastic, bizarre, grotesque mean conceived, made, or carried out without adherence to truth or reality. fantastic may connote extravagance in conception or ingenuity of decorative invention. dreamed up fantastic rumors bizarre applies to the sensationally strange and implies violence of contrast or incongruity of combination. a bizarre medieval castle in the heart of a modern city grotesque may apply to what is conventionally ugly but artistically effective or it may connote ludicrous awkwardness or incongruity often with sinister or tragic overtones. grotesque statues on the cathedral though grieving, she made a grotesque attempt at a smile

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Examples of fantastic in a Sentence

Adjective

The train runs at fantastic speeds. a fantastic scheme for getting rich quick

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

My mission became, this can’t be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "This is The Moment Grey's Anatomy Stopped Being Hell For Ellen Pompeo," 6 June 2019 My mission became, this can’t be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Ellen Pompeo says Grey's Anatomy used to be a 'disaster behind the scenes'," 5 June 2019 The Queen and the entire Royal family have been fantastic. CBS News, "Trump U.K. state visit: Trump U.K. state visit: Pro-Trump activist stabs "Trump baby" balloon in London," 4 June 2019 The skiing nearby is fantastic and the hotel balances traditional coziness (big fireplaces, great food, saunas) with modern design. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Europe in Winter: 35 Reasons to Visit Off-Season," 21 Nov. 2018 But Dennis Danzik’s assertions blow past extraordinary and motor right on to fantastic. Dan Neil, WSJ, "One Man’s Unlikely Quest to Power the World With Magnets," 16 May 2019 After all, there's nothing better than a fantastic dinner party to celebrate the end of your guest's memorable weekend stay. Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019 The victory capped a fantastic season for the Courage, who went 18-1-6 overall, won the league’s Supporters’ Shield for best record and never dropped a game on the road. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "NWSL’s 7th season opens, looks for bump in World Cup year," 13 Apr. 2019 The smell of the Champagne and a peach juice is the most fantastic surprise. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Roja Dove Loves the Smell of Rose Tea and Sealing Wax," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of fantastic

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fantastic

Adjective and Noun

Middle English fantastic, fantastical, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French fantastique, from Late Latin phantasticus, from Greek phantastikos producing mental images, from phantazein to present to the mind — more at fancy

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The first known use of fantastic was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for fantastic

fantastic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fantastic

: extremely good
: extremely high or great
: very strange, unusual, or unlikely

fantastic

adjective
fan·​tas·​tic | \ fan-ˈta-stik How to pronounce fantastic (audio) \

Kids Definition of fantastic

1 : produced by or like something produced by the imagination a fantastic scheme
2 : extremely good That was a fantastic meal.
3 : barely believable We moved at a fantastic speed.

Other Words from fantastic

fantastically \ -​sti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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