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or chimeric

[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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Examples from the Web for chimerical
Historical Examples
  • This time, was it not really the old malady of chimerical fancies?

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • Barring the chimerical, that any girl may consider and most girls do, she was straight as a string.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Let it not be supposed that this is a chimerical imagination, the vain dream of a few philosophical enthusiasts.

  • Judging by past experience in California this is no chimerical conception.

  • My object in this sermon is to show that common sense, as well as my text, declares that such an expectation is chimerical.

    New Tabernacle Sermons Thomas De Witt Talmage
  • To keep it from his daughter till she should be stronger, seemed to him chimerical, impossible.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • From this creature the term “chimerical” is applied to all such figures as have no other existence but in the imagination.

  • The phaenomenon may be real, though my explication be chimerical.

  • George Stephenson's idea was at that time regarded as but the dream of a chimerical projector.

  • Both these parts are essential, nor is the distinction vain and 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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