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chimerical

adjective
variants: also

chimeric

Synonyms and Antonyms of chimerical

  1. not real and existing only in the imagination for the time being, interplanetary travel remains a chimerical feature of life in the 21st century Synonyms of chimerical imaginary (also chimeric), fabulous, fanciful, fantasied, fantastic (also fantastical), fictional, fictitious, ideal, imaginal, imagined, invented, made-up, make-believe, mythical (or mythic), notional, phantasmal, phantasmic, phantom, pretend, unreal, visonaryWords Related to chimerical fabled, legendary, romantic; abstract, hypothetical, theoretical (also theoretic); unbelievable, unconvincing, unlikely; conceived, envisaged, envisioned, pictured, visualized; daydreamlike, deceptive, delusional, delusive, hallucinatory, illusory, phantasmagoric (or phantasmagorical); concocted, fabricated, feigned, fictive; inexistent, nonexistentNear Antonyms of chimerical authentic, genuine, true; factual, verifiable, verified; believable, convincing, realistic; corporeal, material, physical, solid, substantial; palpable, tangibleAntonyms of chimerical actual, existent, existing, real

Synonym Discussion of chimerical

imaginary, fanciful, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic mean unreal or unbelievable. imaginary applies to something which is fictitious and purely the product of one's imagination.
    • an imaginary desert isle
fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination.
    • a teller of fanciful stories
visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization.
    • visionary schemes
fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief.
    • a fantastic world inhabited by monsters
chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic.
    • chimerical dreams of future progress
quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense.
    • a quixotic crusade

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