or chi·mer·ic

[ki-mer-i-kuhl or ki-mer-ik; -meer-, kahy-]


unreal; imaginary; visionary: a chimerical terrestrial paradise.
wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic: a chimerical plan.

Origin of chimerical

First recorded in 1630–40; chimer(a) + -ical
Related formschi·mer·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·chi·mer·ic, adjectivenon·chi·mer·i·cal, adjectivenon·chi·mer·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for chimerical

Antonyms for chimerical

1. real. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chimeric

Contemporary Examples of chimeric

  • His writings usually identify an enemy, such as the U.S. government, minorities, or the chimeric Zionist Occupation Government.

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    Where White Supremacists Breed Online

    Caitlin Dickson

    April 17, 2014

  • As the artists put it in their essay, they ended up with “chimeric deities, hybrid talismans, and surreal stellae”.

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    Blake Gopnik

    May 23, 2013

Historical Examples of chimeric

British Dictionary definitions for chimeric


chimeric (kaɪˈmɛrɪk)


wildly fanciful; imaginary
given to or indulging in fantasies
Derived Formschimerically, adverbchimericalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chimeric



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for chimeric


[kī-mĕrĭk, -mîr-]


Relating to a chimera.
Composed of parts of different origin.
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