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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Other Words from fantastic


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 Creating the classes, technology training for teachers, developing schedules, preparing parents and students and designing engaging lessons in different formats has been challenging, but my staff has done a fantastic job. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: McElwain Elementary opens for first time during COVID-19," 20 Sep. 2020 Their stories are so poignant and the outcomes can be fantastic. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Ronald McDonald House raises awareness for childhood cancer with 'September Step Up' challenge," 17 Sep. 2020 Honestly, this entire fight (over a photo shoot schedule, natch) was fantastic. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," 9 Sep. 2020 Miami has done a fantastic job executing a game plan that is focused on limiting what Antetokounmpo does. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Richard Jefferson is way off on comparing Giannis Antetokounmpo with Scottie Pippen," 4 Sep. 2020 The promoter did a fantastic job with their Covid protocol. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Smash Mouth Received Angry ‘Fan Mail’ After Their South Dakota Performance," 27 Aug. 2020 Humans make mistakes — even USPS workers who do a fantastic job but occasionally err with your regular mail. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Police reform, DFL candidate John Thompson, the mail, photography," 18 Aug. 2020 Hunters in Kentucky do a fantastic job of letting the younger bucks walk, and because Kentucky is a one-buck state, its age class among bucks is very good. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "The 2020 Deer Hunting Season Forecast," 12 Aug. 2020 The team did such a fantastic job, my notes were minimal. Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Mark Wahlberg Got McDonalds on Board for 'McMillions' Doc," 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This particular approach to art—transforming familiar iconography into the fantastic—is what McDonkey, who is gay, refers to as a sort of queering. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Wonderful Instagram World Where Thor Is a Drag Performer," 6 Aug. 2020 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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“Fantastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 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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