fantasy

[fan-tuh-see, -zee]
noun, plural fantasies.
1.
imagination, especially when extravagant and unrestrained.
2.
the forming of mental images, especially wondrous or strange fancies; imaginative conceptualizing.
3.
a mental image, especially when unreal or fantastic; vision: a nightmare fantasy.
4.
Psychology. 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.
Also, fantasia. Literature. an imaginative or fanciful work, especially one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters: The stories of Poe are fantasies of horror.
10.
Music. fantasia ( def 1 ).
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), fantasied, fantasying.
11.
to form mental images; imagine; fantasize.
12.
Rare. to write or play fantasias.
Also, phantasy.


Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English fantasie imaginative faculty, mental image (< Anglo-French, Old French) < Latin phantasia < Greek phantasía an idea, notion, image, literally, a making visible; see fantastic, -y3

nonfantasy, noun, plural nonfantasies.


1. See fancy.
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fantasy or phantasy (ˈfæntəsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
1.  a.  imagination unrestricted by reality
 b.  (as modifier): a fantasy world
2.  a creation of the imagination, esp a weird or bizarre one
3.  psychol
 a.  a series of pleasing mental images, usually serving to fulfil a need not gratified in reality
 b.  the activity of forming such images
4.  a whimsical or far-fetched notion
5.  an illusion, hallucination, or phantom
6.  a highly elaborate imaginative design or creation
7.  music fantasia fancy another word for development
8.  a.  literature having a large fantasy content
 b.  a prose or dramatic composition of this type
9.  (modifier) of or relating to a competition, often in a newspaper, in which a participant selects players for an imaginary ideal team, and points are awarded according to the actual performances of the chosen players: fantasy football
 
vb , -sies, -sies, -sying, -sied
10.  a less common word for fantasize
 
[C14 fantasie, from Latin phantasia, from Greek phantazein to make visible]
 
phantasy or phantasy
 
n
 
vb
 
[C14 fantasie, from Latin phantasia, from Greek phantazein to make visible]

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fantasy
early 14c., "illusory appearance," from O.Fr. fantasie, from L. phantasia, from Gk. phantasia "appearance, image, perception, imagination," from phantazesthai "picture to oneself," from phantos "visible," from phainesthai "appear," in late Gk. "to imagine, have visions," related to phaos, phos "light,"
phainein "to show, to bring to light" (see phantasm). Sense of "whimsical notion, illusion" is pre-1400, followed by that of "imagination," which is first attested 1530s. Sense of "day-dream based on desires" is from 1926, as is fantasize.
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fantasy fan·ta·sy (fān'tə-sē, -zē)
n.
Imagery that is more or less coherent, as in dreams and daydreams, yet unrestricted by reality. Also called phantasia.

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Example sentences
But the way endowments actually work made a naïve fantasy of that simple,
  heartfelt dream.
We, as humans telling stories, need to retain elements of fantasy and
  imagination.
It is equally conceivable that the fantasy-made-reality of human space flight
  will return to fantasy.
Building a pair of dream rosters is the great general-manager fantasy, a test
  of his skills as an evaluator of talent.
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