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 Great Sand Dunes National Park Colorado Distance: N/A Trail surface: Sand Though not technically a trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park has many fantastic and accessible ways for visitors to explore the tallest sand dunes on the continent. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 And in that vast crop, there was some really fantastic TV. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 11 worst things that happened on TV in 2019, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'Survivor'," 11 Dec. 2019 The starting lineup is mostly juniors and seniors and our two sophomores, who are really fantastic. Edward Lee,, "Historic run nets first NCAA championship for Johns Hopkins volleyball: ‘It honestly feels surreal’," 3 Dec. 2019 The resources that the BBC has is fantastic and makes my life a lot easier. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin’s offscreen talents—spoken word, podcasting," 15 Nov. 2019 Justin Fields was fantastic as always for the Buckeyes (8-0, 5-0), completing 12 of 22 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns despite throwing wet footballs. Teddy Greenstein,, "J.K. Dobbins and Chase Young dominate as No. 3 Ohio State crushes No. 13 Wisconsin 38-7," 26 Oct. 2019 Polaroids singularly enabled the fantastic and playful., "This special Polaroid own-ness — as artistry, as innovation, as cultural state of mind — is the subject of “The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology.” The exhibition runs through June 21 at the MIT Museum.," 25 Oct. 2019 Drinkwater was fantastic with Leicester, and was a key figure in their unbelievable title-winning side, but the Englishman jumped at the opportunity of moving to Chelsea in 2017., "7 Players Who Were Found Out After Making a Move to the Premier League's Elite Clubs," 12 Oct. 2019 But from my experience, the career people at the government have been really fantastic. NBC News, "2020 campaigns get Trump administration help on cybersecurity, counterintelligence," 23 Sep. 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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16 Feb 2020

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“Fantastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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