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fanciful

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of fanciful

  1. 1 conceived or made without regard for reason or reality she harbors the fanciful notion that she has a talent for singing Synonyms of fanciful absurd, bizarre, crazy, fantastic, foolish, insane, nonsensical, preposterous, unreal, wildWords Related to fanciful implausible, inconceivable, incredible, unbelievable, unimaginable, unthinkable; extravagant, grotesque; bizarro, curious, eccentric, far-out, funny, kinky, kooky (also kookie), odd, outlandish, out-of-the-way, outré, peculiar, quaint, queer, queerish, quirky, screwy, strange, wacky (also whacky), way-out, weird; farcical, laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous; Alice-in-Wonderland, Kafkaesque, nightmarish; dreamlike, surrealAntonyms of fanciful realistic, reasonable

  2. 2 not real and existing only in the imagination the fanciful creatures that J.R.R. Tolkien created for his Middle Earth novels Synonyms of fanciful chimerical (also chimeric), fabulous, imaginary, 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 fanciful 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 fanciful authentic, genuine, true; factual, verifiable, verified; believable, convincing, realistic; corporeal, material, physical, solid, substantial; palpable, tangibleAntonyms of fanciful actual, existent, existing, real

Synonym Discussion of fanciful

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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