phantasy

noun
phan·​ta·​sy

less common spelling of

1 : the power or process of creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need an object of fantasy also : a mental image or a series of mental images (such as a daydream) so created sexual fantasies
2 : a creation of the imaginative faculty whether expressed or merely conceived: such as
a : a chimerical or fantastic notion His plans are pure fantasy.
b : imaginative fiction featuring especially strange settings and grotesque characters spent the summer reading fantasy

called also fantasy fiction

c : fantasia sense 1 the organ fantasy of Johannes Brahms
d : a fanciful design or invention a fantasy of delicate tracery
3 : fancy especially : the free play of creative imagination
4 : caprice served to fulfill the king's fantasies
5 often attributive : a coin usually not intended for circulation as currency and often issued by a dubious authority (such as a government-in-exile)
6 obsolete : hallucination

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“Phantasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phantasy. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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