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1 conceived or made without regard for reason or reality
  • a fantastic scheme for getting rich quick

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2 excitingly or mysteriously unusual
  • to European explorers, the Far East was a fantastic land filled with unimaginable riches

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5 fantastic of the very best kind
  • surfing conditions were simply fantastic

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How is the word fantastic different from other adjectives like it?

The words bizarre and grotesque are common synonyms of fantastic. While all three words 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

When is it sensible to use bizarre instead of fantastic?

The meanings of bizarre and fantastic largely overlap; however, 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

Where would grotesque be a reasonable alternative to fantastic?

Although the words grotesque and fantastic have much in common, 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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The first known use of fantastic was in the 14th century

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“Fantastic.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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