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visionary

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of visionary

  1. 1 having or marked by a tendency to be guided more by ideals than by reality a visionary plan for a manned flight to Mars even though there are pressing problems right here on earth Synonyms of visionary idealist, quixotic, quixotical, romantic, starry, starry-eyed, utopian, idealisticWords Related to visionary impractical, unrealistic; crusading, messianic, zealous; dewy-eyed, moonstruck, moony, sentimental, tender-minded; hopeful, optimistic, Pollyannaish (also Pollyannish), rosy, upbeat; doctrinaire, ideological (also ideologic)Near Antonyms of visionary hardheaded, hard-nosed, tough-minded, unsentimental; practical, pragmatic (also pragmatical), realisticAntonyms of visionary clear-eyed, clear-sighted

  2. 2 not real and existing only in the imagination one of several Christian saints who claimed to have had visionary experiences of hell Synonyms of visionary chimerical (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 visionary 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 visionary authentic, genuine, true; factual, verifiable, verified; believable, convincing, realistic; corporeal, material, physical, solid, substantial; palpable, tangibleAntonyms of visionary actual, existent, existing, real

  3. 3 having or showing awareness of and preparation for the future in a visionary move, the developer bought large tracts of the waterfront just before property values skyrocketed Synonyms of visionary farseeing, farsighted, forehanded, foreseeing, forethoughtful, forward, forward-looking, prescient, proactive, provident, foresightedWords Related to visionary careful, cautious, heedful; discerning, insightful, perceptive, percipient, prudent, sagacious, sage, sapient, wiseNear Antonyms of visionary careless, heedless, incautiousAntonyms of visionary half-baked, half-cocked, improvident, myopic, shortsighted

Synonym Discussion of visionary

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

visionary

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of visionary

  1. 1 one who predicts future events or developments according to Greek myth, Cassandra was a visionary who was endowed with the gift of inerrant prophecy but fated to never be believed Synonyms of visionary augur, diviner, forecaster, foreseer, foreteller, fortune-teller, futurist, prognosticator, prophesier, seer, soothsayer, prophetWords Related to visionary prophetess, sibyl, wisewoman; mystic, oracle; astrologer, crystal gazer, palmist, rhabdomancer; Cassandra, doomsayer, doomsdayer, Jeremiah

  2. 2 one whose conduct is guided more by the image of perfection than by the real world 19th-century visionaries who founded short-lived communities in which everyone was supposed to live in perfect peace and harmony Synonyms of visionary Don Quixote, dreamer, fantast, idealizer, ideologue (also idealogue), romantic, romanticist, utopian, idealistWords Related to visionary emotionalist, sentimentalist; daydreamer, fantasizer, woolgatherer; Micawber, optimist, Pollyanna; do-gooder, reformer; perfectionist; doctrinaire, theorist, thinkerNear Antonyms of visionary cynic, defeatist, pessimist; empiric, empiricistAntonyms of visionary hardnose, pragmatist, realist



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