- conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable; bizarre; grotesque: The most fantastic rock formations are visible from the high plateau of the park’s rim trail.Artists rendered fantastic designs in the margin of the manuscript.
- 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: You can’t let these fantastic fears of yours control your life.
- extravagantly fanciful; marvelous: The scenery and lighting they created for the dream sequences are truly fantastic!
- incredibly great or extreme; exorbitant: The rich are spending fantastic sums of money, even in this economy.
- highly unrealistic or impractical: They hatched a fantastic scheme to make a million dollars betting on horse races.
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MORE ABOUT FANTASTICAL
What does fantastical mean?
Fantastical describes something that is odd and remarkable, as if created by an unrestrained imagination. It is a casual variant of fantastic.
While fantastic has multiple meanings, fantastical is more restricted.
Most often fantastical describes behavior that is extremely fanciful or odd, as in The magician’s act was so fantastical, I couldn’t believe my eyes!
Fantastical can also describe something that is eccentric, extremely fancy, or grotesque, as in The actress’s gown was a fantastical array of silk and diamonds.
Example: That story is so fantastical I can hardly believe it is true.
Where does fantastical come from?
The first records of fantastical come from around 1530. It combines the word fantastic, meaning “extremely fanciful or odd” or “eccentric or grotesque,” and the suffix –al, with the general sense “of the kind or having the form of.”
You’re most likely to hear fantastical in speech because it’s a casual word. It’s generally used when the speaker is so astonished by something that they want to emphasize just how fantastic it is. It’s not just fantastic, it’s fantastical.
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What are some other forms related to fantastical?
- fantastically (adverb)
- fantasticalness (noun)
- superfantastically (adverb)
What are some synonyms for fantastical?
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How is fantastical used in real life?
Fantastical is normally used critically to describe something someone finds strange.
'Moana' is delightful. Unexpectedly fantastical with some very catchy songs. A little ray of sunshine. You're welcome!
— Mark Gatiss 💙 (@Markgatiss) March 6, 2017
Had such a lovely day, it's been a gorgeous christmas! (: I hope everyone has had a fantastical christmas too! (: Perrie <3
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) December 25, 2012
“helping” setup the 2021 #holidazzle
(Manifesting to sit still to get a fantastical photo tomorrow with mom for the Christmas card) 🤍💌🤍💌🐿 pic.twitter.com/mPk6QOd1Nd
— Sally Baker (@DoubleSal) December 17, 2021
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How to use fantastic in a sentence
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|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the time, the island had not yet been named after the delicacy, and went by the decidedly less fantastical Twickenham Ait.The Isle Where the Rolling Stones Began|Nina Strochlic|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But with people as with maps, those that present the fantastical as real often make the most interesting subjects.The Million-Dollar Map Thief|Nick Romeo|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was something fantastical about the story when it was first reported a decade ago.She Thought ‘Fargo’ Was Real: The Misguided Voyage of ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’|Nico Hines|February 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Inside, the soaring caves and intricate carvings nod to a fantastical Alice and Wonderland underworld.New Mexico’s Amazing Man-Made Caves|Nina Strochlic|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This Smith published many other tracts and sermons, chiefly fanatical and with fantastical titles.East Anglia|J. Ewing Ritchie
The more intensely passionate the love of the child, the more fantastical is its conduct.The Sexual Life of the Child|Albert Moll
The garb of these figures, so far as it could be discerned through the drenching rain, was fantastical in the extreme.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
He ought to have been in his father's footsteps, and he would then have disciplined or quashed his fantastical ideas.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
And the chance seemed a slender, fantastical one, even if he could safely get to a public telephone.Children of the Whirlwind|Leroy Scott