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Word of the Day
Monday, February 24, 2003

Definitions for chimerical

  1. Merely imaginary; produced by or as if by a wildly fanciful imagination; fantastic; improbable or unrealistic.
  2. Given to or indulging in unrealistic fantasies or fantastic schemes.

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Citations for chimerical
But those risks are real, not chimerical. George J. Church, Time
It prophesies war in the service of a peace which can never arrive because the vision it pursues is chimerical. Hywel Williams, The Guardian
Origin of chimerical
Chimerical is ultimately derived from Greek khimaira, "she-goat" or "chimera," which in Greek mythology was a monster having the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon.