fantastic

adjective
fan·​tas·​tic | \ fan-ˈta-stik, fən-\
variants: or less commonly fantastical \ fan-​ˈta-​sti-​kəl \

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 , fən-​ \ noun
fantasticalness \ fan-​ˈta-​stə-​kəl-​nəs \ 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

Instead of using cameras or accelerometers to make motion control happen, engineers from Google's experimental Advanced Technology and Projects division turned to extremely short-distance radar with fantastic results. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "FCC Clears Google's Bonkers Radar Motion Tech," 2 Jan. 2019 Here’s another fantastic midcentury home from the Sarasota School of Architecture, a regional modernist style that emerged after the war in and around Sarasota, Florida, and which counts Paul Rudolph and William Rupp among its notable architects. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Trump called it ‘‘a fantastic meeting,’’ speaking at a news conference before flying to Britain. BostonGlobe.com, "NATO says it is united at end of raucous, divisive summit," 12 July 2018 The visuals feature fantastic beasts and animals as well as more abstract calligraphic flourishes, with a scene of Moses addressing the Israelites added later by the 15th-century scribe-artist Joel ben Simeon. New York Times, "Getty Museum Acquires a Rare, 700-Year-Old Torah," 11 July 2018 Hosts Russia are having a fantastic tournament, both in terms of perception and on the field, where Team Russia shocked the pundits by beating Spain on penalities in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "World Cup: Second Round Draws Record Ratings in U.K., France," 4 July 2018 This video series has been created to showcase some of the fantastic cars in metro Atlanta and the people who put in the time, sweat and money to keep the tires rolling and the engines humming. Todd C. Duncan, ajc, "Atlanta Classic Cars: 1966 Chevy Chevelle is a blast for South Fulton owner," 3 July 2018 Pitagyros in Oia is fantastic (and reasonably priced) for traditional souvlaki. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Go, Where to Eat, and What to See at Instagram's Favorite Destination," 21 Dec. 2018 Thus far, the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailers have implied their fair share of beasts and crimes, but the newest and final teaser for the next installment of the Wizarding World saga is without a doubt the most fantastic. Chelsea Stone, Teen Vogue, "The Final "Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald" Trailer Reveals Major "Harry Potter" Connections," 25 Sep. 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 \

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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