fan·​tas·​tic | \ fan-ˈta-stik How to pronounce fantastic (audio) , fən- \
variants: or less commonly fantastical \ fan-​ˈta-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce fantastic (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 fantastic (audio) , fən-​ \ noun
fantasticalness \ fan-​ˈta-​stə-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce fantastic (audio) \ noun

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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 The crowd was fantastic, albeit a little overwhelming, and the weather was perfect. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 14 Oct. 2021 Taxis: Public transport in Berlin is fantastic—and would be our recommendation. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 11 Oct. 2021 The performances — especially by lead actor Lee — are fantastic, and the production design is whimsically creepy, wittily satirical and memorably distinctive. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 Putting faith in Tom Izzo is rarely a bad play, but Illinois point guard Andre Curbelo is fantastic, and Kofi Cockburn is the league's most important defensive player. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 And aside from all those fantastic deals that are available to anyone and everyone, there are also some exclusive sales that only certain shoppers can take advantage of. Maren Estrada, BGR, 7 July 2021 Course conditions are fantastic, the greens and fairways roll true. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Your story suggestions, news tips, and your feedback on this newsletter are fantastic. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 If his team’s focus continues, however, the finished product of Wilson’s formula could be fantastic. Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tripping the ground fantastic, Stumph Road: On April 4, police were dispatched to a Stumph Road location regarding a man who was injured after falling on city property. John Benson, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2021 The ability to trip the light fantastic must transfer through the feet instead. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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


fantastic going back to Middle English fantastik "of imagination as a faculty, produced by the imagination, not real, unfounded, false, supernatural," borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French fantastique, borrowed from Late Latin phantasticus "of the imagination, deceptive, imaginary," borrowed from Greek phantastikós "able to produce the appearance of something, resulting from the imagination," from phantast- (stem in nominal derivation corresponding to phantasía "appearance, image, imagination" and phantázein "to make visible, present to the eye or mind, (middle voice) place before one's mind, imagine") + -ikos -ic entry 1; fantastical going back to Middle English fantasticalle, from fantastik + -alle -al entry 1 — more at fantasy entry 1


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“Fantastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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