fantastic

adjective
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

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 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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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

Medieval bestiaries were books that served as compendiums of creatures both fantastic and real. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: At the Getty, one of Gordon Parks’ most controversial photographic series," 11 July 2019 The resulting Chardonnays—with minerality from the soils balanced by fruit intensity—are fantastic with one of the Monterey Bay area's legendary draws: seafood. Bon Appétit, "A Taste of Place," 24 June 2019 Current Futures, a new sci-fi anthology of short stories, was published online this week in honor of World Oceans Day, taking readers deep into fantastic (and wet) futures. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Dive into a new sci-fi anthology set in the world’s oceans," 8 June 2019 This can’t be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes. Lillian Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Ellen Pompeo talks ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and helping to change ‘toxic’ culture issues on the set," 6 June 2019 Instead, Hailey walked with Wang, and looked fantastic and confident on the red carpet. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Hailey Baldwin Wore a Bedazzled Thong on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 7 May 2019 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, latimes.com, "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. SI.com, "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

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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 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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