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



Definition of fantastic (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other words from fantastic


fantasticality \(ˌ)fan-ˌta-stə-ˈka-lə-tē, fən- \ noun
fantasticalness \fan-ˈta-stə-kəl-nəs \ noun

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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


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

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The audience was hours away from being welcomed inside the Laney College theater in Oakland, but backstage, the performers of emFATic DANCE were already having a fantastic time. Beth Spotswood,, "Beth Spotswood: ‘Fat’ people can dance, too, and be proud of it," 3 July 2018 This is an expensive tool, a fantastic and complicated machine, so much so that no two tunnels produce the same results. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Automotive Aerodynamics," 19 June 2018 While there are no points for second place, Powell's Twitter reaction after losing out was pretty fantastic. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Top Gun 2' flies in one year: What we know so far about Tom Cruise's 'Maverick'," 11 July 2018 Verdict: Smokeless Watermelon: Slices of watermelon, brushed with olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt, are fantastic on a hot grill and will take on the sear like a good steak. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "The 4 fruits to put in the smoker, and 5 to avoid," 9 July 2018 The bullpen has been mostly fantastic and the rotation good enough, No. 1 starter or not. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Should Brewers add a bat or an arm? Or both? Those discussions are ongoing," 29 June 2018 The moments were fantastic and the people were great. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Linda Wells on Life After Allure and Her New Beauty Brand," 25 June 2018 The presentation is fantastic and the combat shows potential. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The Elder Scrolls Blades at E3: It’s not Skyrim, but does it need to be?," 16 June 2018 Andy is so good at the net, and Josh is fantastic on the baseline. Sam Dodge,, "Newport Harbor’s tennis duo of Andy Myers and Josh Watkins advances to CIF round of 16," 1 June 2018

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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


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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English Language Learners Definition of fantastic

: extremely good

: extremely high or great

: very strange, unusual, or unlikely


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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