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 2) : 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



Definition of fantastic (Entry 2 of 2)

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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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 The women — most dressed in black and red, and all working seriously fantastic hair — introduced themselves to the crowd, then got down to business. Deborah Martin,, "San Antonio’s Woodlawn Theater lets fans in on casting Gloria Estefan for musical," 15 Jan. 2020 If so, that makes things much easier for quarterback Joe Burrow and the fantastic LSU receiver corps. 2. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Four keys to victory for each team in the Clemson-LSU national title game," 14 Jan. 2020 Since its founding in March 2014, Club Red has hosted an exceptional list of iconic acts, and 2020 looks to be another fantastic year of musical talent in Mountain Village. Dallas News, "Club Red Telluride: The Most Iconic Acts of The Past And What to See This Year," 14 Jan. 2020 Pair your soak with a great read and a fantastic candle to set the mood. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "Dining with Alice Waters, Chilling in a Hot Bath, and Other Things We’re Excited About This Week," 13 Jan. 2020 The result was a fantastic flowering of creativity, from jazz to Steve Jobs, from the novel to Janice Turner’s privilege. The Economist, "Open Future The power of liberalism can combat oppression in all its forms," 8 Jan. 2020 Fort Lauderdale, thank you for your warmth and fantastic generosity. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "Lady Gaga Opens up to Oprah in Emotional New Interview: "I Was Afraid I Was Gonna Die"," 7 Jan. 2020 The mysterious mound had also yielded a fantastic discovery: an entire wooden Viking ship encased in the dirt. National Geographic, "," 30 Dec. 2019 Although the Dolder Grand has five fantastic luxury suites, the Maestro Suite is the best of all because it’s located in the main building’s tower. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... the Dolder Grand Zurich," 28 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the city boasts several fantastics art or history museums, priority should be given to this special place, which houses a mind-blowing collection of artifacts from the many peoples of Central and South America. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do in Santiago, Chile," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fantastic


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


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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19 Jan 2020

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“Fantastic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce fantastic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fantastic

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


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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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