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

Born to Mary Ruth Kowalski and Orrin W. Thompson, on a kitchen table in an Ellington farmhouse on Halloween night, Tommy spent his boyhood in mischief of fantastic finds. courant.com, "Orrin W. Thompson," 7 July 2018 For that 42 minutes, everyone is having a fantastic time. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 Born from War Wernher von Braun, the second of three children in a somewhat prominent family, already had a passion for the fantastic. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 She's continued with her classes throughout pregnancy and looks fantastic! Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Wore the Ultimate London Look on a Bike Ride," 13 Sep. 2018 With just over five minutes to go, the game turned on its head when Kramaric raced onto a fantastic through ball from and was brought down in the box by Mathias Jørgensen. SI.com, "Croatia 1-1 Denmark (3-2 Pens): Ivan Rakitić Breaks Danish Hearts Despite Kasper Schmeichel Heroics," 2 July 2018 The story is fantastic — about a young man who becomes the living manifestation of New York City, fighting against an otherworldly horror. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 That being said, my experience in Seattle has been fantastic. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners trade left-hander James Paxton to the Yankees for three prospects," 19 Nov. 2018 Here’s the bottom line: Kevin Durant is a fantastic basketball player. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors fans criticizing Kevin Durant? C’mon people," 27 May 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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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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