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chimerical

or chimeric

[ki-mer-i-kuh l or ki-mer-ik; -meer-, kahy-] /kɪˈmɛr ɪ kəl or kɪˈmɛr ɪk; -ˈmɪər-, kaɪ-/
adjective
1.
unreal; imaginary; visionary:
a chimerical terrestrial paradise.
2.
wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic:
a chimerical plan.
Origin of chimerical
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; chimer(a) + -ical
Related forms
chimerically, adverb
nonchimeric, adjective
nonchimerical, adjective
nonchimerically, adverb
Synonyms
1. illusory, fantastic.
Antonyms
1. real.
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chimerical

/kaɪˈmɛrɪkəl; kɪ-/
adjective
1.
wildly fanciful; imaginary
2.
given to or indulging in fantasies
Derived Forms
chimerically, adverb
chimericalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chimerical
adj.

1630s, from chimera + -ical. Related: Chimeric (1650s).

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