fantasy: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fan'tu-sē, -zē), [key]
— n., pl. v., -sies, -sied, -sy•ing.
  1. imagination, esp. when extravagant and unrestrained.
  2. the forming of mental images, esp. wondrous or strange fancies; imaginative conceptualizing.
  3. a mental image, esp. when unreal or fantastic; vision: a nightmare fantasy.
  4. an imagined or conjured up sequence fulfilling a psychological need; daydream.
  5. a hallucination.
  6. a supposition based on no solid foundation; visionary idea; illusion: dreams of Utopias and similar fantasies.
  7. caprice; whim.
  8. an ingenious or fanciful thought, design, or invention.
  9. an imaginative or fanciful work, esp. one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters: The stories of Poe are fantasies of horror.
  10. fantasia (def. 1).
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to form mental images; imagine; fantasize.
  2. to write or play fantasias.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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