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 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 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

absurd, bizarre, crazy, fanciful, foolish, insane, nonsensical, preposterous, unreal, wild

Antonyms: Adjective

realistic, reasonable

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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 Gundams, instead, suggest a fantastic combination of a gigantic space suit, a one-person spaceship and an flamboyant suit of samurai armor. Charles Solomon,, "Anime Expo features salute to mega-successful `Mobil Suit Gundam' franchise," 2 July 2019 Signing a centre-half such as Dominique Heintz from Freiburg would be a fantastic asset to the squad., "5 Positions Watford Must Strengthen to Qualify for the Europa League Next Season," 2 July 2019 Thankfully, the Anthropologie Summer Tag Sale is a fantastic chance to get clothing, accessories, and home decor at amazing prices. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 8 best deals you can get this Tuesday," 2 July 2019 NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt predicts former Louisville defensive back, now Green Bay Packer Jaire Alexander, is poised to have a fantastic season in 2019. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, " says this former Louisville football player is poised for a 2019 breakout," 27 June 2019 The Simply Money Point is that the ability to retire early is truly a fantastic feat. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner,, "Simply Money: A Medigap policy, explained," 27 June 2019 Yes, Arizona State has made a fantastic debut with only one of those things in place, but there’s constant talk that an arena is coming to Tempe, and a conference should follow. Jess Myers, Twin Cities, "Iowa, Nebraska are possibilities for Big Ten hockey," 27 June 2019 This brown-eyed boy with a fantastic smile is funny and friendly and longs for a simple family with a mom, dad and possibly some siblings. Boys & Girls Aid,, "Will, 14, is easygoing, curious and in search of a family that prioritizes routines: A Home of Their Own," 22 June 2019 The store's owner, Barbara Maj Husted Werner, does a fantastic job of curating a selection of both emerging and established brands like Dries Van Noten, Marni, and Crista Seya, to name a few. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Mette Hay’s Guide to a Design-Filled Weekend in Copenhagen," 18 June 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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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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