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[ki-mer-i-kuh l, -meer-, kahy-] /kɪˈmɛr ɪ kəl, -ˈmɪər-, kaɪ-/
unreal; imaginary; visionary:
a chimerical terrestrial paradise.
wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic:
a chimerical plan.
Origin of chimerical
1630-40; chimer(a) + -ical
Related forms
chimerically, adverb
nonchimeric, adjective
nonchimerical, adjective
nonchimerically, adverb
1. illusory, fantastic.
1. real. Unabridged
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  • The heraldic fauna is chiefly remarkable for the large number of chimerical animals that it contains.
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  • But the apparent breakthrough had proved chimerical.
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  • Studying regulations in areas with only a chimerical connection to one's own.
  • There are enough real devils in the world without concocting chimerical ones.
  • The pursuit of the artificial heart has not been completely chimerical.
  • The quest for a single, all-inclusive remedy is chimerical.
  • But the idea of protecting the content of the artist's gaze for itself is chimerical.
British Dictionary definitions for chimerical


/kaɪˈmɛrɪkəl; kɪ-/
wildly fanciful; imaginary
given to or indulging in fantasies
Derived Forms
chimerically, adverb
chimericalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chimerical

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

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