- conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable; bizarre; grotesque: fantastic rock formations; fantastic designs.
- fanciful or capricious, as persons or their ideas or actions: We never know what that fantastic creature will say next.
- imaginary or groundless in not being based on reality; foolish or irrational: fantastic fears.
- extravagantly fanciful; marvelous.
- incredibly great or extreme; exorbitant: to spend fantastic sums of money.
- highly unrealistic or impractical; outlandish: a fantastic scheme to make a million dollars betting on horse races.
- Informal. extraordinarily good: a fantastic musical.
Origin of fantastic
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Examples from the Web for fantastical
The villains are the fantastical obstacles that represent real life challenges.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
But with people as with maps, those that present the fantastical as real often make the most interesting subjects.The Million-Dollar Map Thief
July 30, 2014
Inside, the soaring caves and intricate carvings nod to a fantastical Alice and Wonderland underworld.New Mexico’s Amazing Man-Made Caves
December 12, 2013
The Superflat artist's fantastical creatures pose alongside model Angela Lindvall for Harper's Bazaar's December/January issue.Harper's Bazaar Stars Takashi Murakami's Monsters
November 5, 2013
Instead he fastidiously organizes and fleshes out the fantastical worlds of his own making.Why Billy Collins Is America’s Most Popular Poet
October 22, 2013
I relate these fantastical ideas only to show their absurdity.The Phantom World
All The viands in their gravy's wine Grow lurid and fantastical.Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
The wife of Socrates, Xanthippe, was a woman of a most fantastical and furious spirit.How to Succeed
Orison Swett Marden
It looked like some fantastical tavern in a dream, and not a thing of real timber.Marjorie
Justin Huntly McCarthy
Miss Melman was a complete coquette, capricious and fantastical.A Description of Millenium Hall
- strange, weird, or fanciful in appearance, conception, etc
- created in the mind; illusory
- extravagantly fanciful; unrealisticfantastic plans
- incredible or preposterous; absurda fantastic verdict
- informal very large or extreme; greata fantastic fortune; he suffered fantastic pain
- informal very good; excellent
- of, given to, or characterized by fantasy
- not constant; capricious; fitfulgiven to fantastic moods
- archaic a person who dresses or behaves eccentrically
Word Origin and History for fantastical
late 14c., "existing only in imagination," from Middle French fantastique (14c.), from Medieval Latin fantasticus, from Late Latin phantasticus "imaginary," from Greek phantastikos "able to imagine," from phantazein "make visible" (middle voice phantazesthai "picture to oneself"); see phantasm. Trivial sense of "wonderful, marvelous" recorded by 1938.