Borrowed from Middle French fantastique, from Late Latin phantasticus, from Ancient Greek φᾰντᾰστῐκός (phantastikós, “imaginary, fantastic; fictional”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (“to shine”). Doublet of fantastique.
- Existing in or constructed from fantasy; of or relating to fantasy; fanciful.
- He told fantastic stories of dragons and goblins.
- His fantastic post-college plans had all collapsed within a year of graduation.
- She had a fantastic view of her own importance that none of her colleagues shared.
- Not believable; implausible; seemingly only possible in fantasy.
- The events were so fantastic that only the tabloids were willing to print them.
- She entered the lab and stood gaping for a good ten minutes at the fantastic machinery at work all around her.
- 1986 June 6, Richard Feynman, “Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle”, in Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, Report to the President:
- Since 1 part in 100,000 would imply that one could put a Shuttle up each day for 300 years expecting to lose only one, we could properly ask "What is the cause of management's fantastic faith in the machinery?"
- Resembling fantasies in irregularity, caprice, or eccentricity; irregular; grotesque.
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- There at the foot of yonder nodding beech, / That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high.
- T. Gray
- Wonderful; marvelous; excellent; extraordinarily good or great (used especially as an intensifier).
- "I had a simply fantastic vacation, and I can't wait to tell you all about it!"
- (based in fantasy rather than reality): fabulous, fantastical
- (extravagantly fanciful and unrealistic): foolish, hare-brained, unrealistic, wild
- (incredibly wonderful): brilliant, fabulous, splendid, super, wonderful
- See also Thesaurus:excellent
- (incredibly wonderful): sucktastic
fantastic (plural fantastics)