- 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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"Clive has had a fantastic and distinguished career so we listen to what he has to say," he said.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys
December 18, 2014
I had, for a long time, been curious about the place where all this fantastic stuff was made.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
It is completely nonsensical, and every second is fantastic.The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic
November 19, 2014
The story was a very subversive fairy tale by Roald Dahl, and a fantastic part.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
November 10, 2014
Ruben Studdard I thought was fantastic, the best crossover singer since Luther Vandross for me.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’
October 22, 2014
Here it is the fantastic and the bizarre that hold the imagination captive.The Roof of France
From it, a thousand wild, illogical, and fantastic conclusions are drawn.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
He was beginning to be disagreeably impressed by her fantastic behaviour.The Secret Agent
It had a physiognomy and character of its own—this fantastic foreigner!Night and Morning, Complete
To-day this appears to the majority of educated men a fantastic conception.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- 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 fantastic
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.