- imagination, especially when extravagant and unrestrained.
- the forming of mental images, especially wondrous or strange fancies; imaginative conceptualizing.
- a mental image, especially when unreal or fantastic; vision: a nightmare fantasy.
- Psychology. an imagined or conjured up sequence fulfilling a psychological need; daydream.
- a hallucination.
- a supposition based on no solid foundation; visionary idea; illusion: dreams of Utopias and similar fantasies.
- caprice; whim.
- an ingenious or fanciful thought, design, or invention.
- Also fantasia. Literature. an imaginative or fanciful work, especially one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters: The stories of Poe are fantasies of horror.
- Music. fantasia(def 1).
- noting or relating to any of various games or leagues in which fans assemble players of a professional sport into imaginary teams, and points are scored based on the performance of these players in real games: fantasy football; fantasy sports.
Origin of fantasy
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Examples from the Web for fantasy
But if Democrats are faced with the reality of a glut of qualified candidates, Republicans are assembling more of a fantasy team.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
That fantasy, however, is still heavily regimented by all sorts of norms.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
Still, sci-fi and fantasy that is actually motivated by the issues surrounding women is a rarity.Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
Read too strictly, this would exclude highly inventive works of science fiction and fantasy because they lack realism.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
My fantasy unravels when she opens the robe, revealing a sling around her broken arm.The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
November 14, 2014
The journal in question attributes with good reason this fantasy to sadism.The Sexual Question
Oh, yes, these fantasy movies—we're a little worried about them.Reel Life Films
Samuel Kimball Merwin
He fancied he saw her now, not as the heroine of his fantasy, but just as she was.Cleo The Magnificent
Howbeit, the following deserves a place as the tail-flounce of his Fantasy.The Book of Khalid
He went on with that fantasy, but at this point Kate ceased to attend.The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2
- imagination unrestricted by reality
- (as modifier)a fantasy world
- a creation of the imagination, esp a weird or bizarre one
- a series of pleasing mental images, usually serving to fulfil a need not gratified in reality
- the activity of forming such images
- a whimsical or far-fetched notion
- an illusion, hallucination, or phantom
- a highly elaborate imaginative design or creation
- music another word for fantasia, fancy (def. 13), (rarely) development (def. 5)
- literature having a large fantasy content
- a prose or dramatic composition of this type
- (modifier) of or relating to a competition, often in a newspaper, in which a participant selects players for an imaginary ideal team, and points are awarded according to the actual performances of the chosen playersfantasy football
- a less common word for fantasize
Word Origin and History for fantasy
early 14c., "illusory appearance," from Old French fantaisie (14c.) "vision, imagination," from Latin phantasia, from Greek phantasia "appearance, image, perception, imagination," from phantazesthai "picture to oneself," from phantos "visible," from phainesthai "appear," in late Greek "to imagine, have visions," related to phaos, phos "light," phainein "to show, to bring to light" (see phantasm). Sense of "whimsical notion, illusion" is pre-1400, followed by that of "imagination," which is first attested 1530s. Sense of "day-dream based on desires" is from 1926.
- Imagery that is more or less coherent, as in dreams and daydreams, yet unrestricted by reality.phantasia