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fantastic

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adjective fan·tas·tic \fan-ˈta-stik, fən-\

Definition of fantastic

  1. 1a :  based on fantasy (see 1fantasy 3) :  not realb :  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. 2 :  marked by extravagant fantasy or extreme individuality :  eccentric <fantastic works of art>

  3. 3fantastic :  excellent, superlative <a fantastic meal>

fantasticality

play \(ˌ)fan-ˌta-stə-ˈka-lə-tē, fən-\ noun

fantasticalness

play \fan-ˈta-stə-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of fantastic in a sentence

  1. The train runs at fantastic speeds.

  2. <a fantastic scheme for getting rich quick>

Variants of fantastic

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fantastical

play \fan-ˈta-sti-kəl\

Origin and Etymology of fantastic

Middle English fantastic, fantastical, from Medieval French & Late Latin; Medieval French fantastique, from Late Latin phantasticus, from Greek phantastikos producing mental images, from phantazein to present to the mind — more at fancy


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of fantastic

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>.

synonyms see in addition imaginary


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fantastic

noun fan·tas·tic

Definition of fantastic

  1. :  eccentric 2

Origin and Etymology of fantastic

see 1fantastic


First Known Use: 1598


FANTASTIC Defined for English Language Learners

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fantastic

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adjective fan·tas·tic \fan-ˈta-stik, fən-\

Definition of fantastic for English Language Learners

  • : extremely good

  • : extremely high or great

  • : very strange, unusual, or unlikely


FANTASTIC Defined for Kids

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adjective fan·tas·tic \fan-ˈta-stik\

Definition of fantastic for Students

  1. 1 :  produced by or like something produced by the imagination <a fantastic scheme>

  2. 2 :  extremely good <That was a fantastic meal.>

  3. 3 :  barely believable <We moved at a fantastic speed.>

fantastically

\-sti-kə-lē\ adverb


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