From Old French fantasie (“fantasy”), from Latin phantasia (“imagination”), from Ancient Greek φαντασία (phantasía, “apparition”), from φαντάζω (phantázō, “to render visible”), from φαντός (phantós, “visible”), from φαίνω (phaínō, “to make visible”); from the same root as φάος (pháos, “light”); ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰh₂nyéti, from the root *bʰeh₂- (“to shine”). Doublet of fancy, fantasia, phantasia, and phantasy.
- That which comes from one's imagination.
- 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 92:
- Try as hard as it can, empirical science cannot come up with a naturalistic explanation; it can only slip into fantasies that make scientists feel good because they are in harmony with their opinions, prejudices, and unconscious assumptions about the nature of reality.
- (literature) The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and the supernatural, imaginary worlds and creatures, etc.
- A fantastical design.
- (slang) The drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.
All are borrowed.
- Armenian: ֆենտեզի (fentezi)
- Belarusian: фэнтэзі (fentezi)
- Bulgarian: фентъзи (fentǎzi)
- Czech: fantasy
- Dutch: fantasy
- French: fantasy
- Georgian: ფენტეზი (penṭezi)
- German: Fantasy
- Hindi: फँतासी (phãtāsī)
- Italian: fantasy
- Korean: 판타지 (pantaji)
- Malay: fantasi
- Polish: fantasy
- Russian: фэнтези (fɛntezi)
- Swahili: fantasia
- Swedish: fantasy
- Ukrainian: фентезі (fentezi)
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- (literary, psychoanalysis) To fantasize (about).
- 2013, Mark J. Blechner, Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV:
- Perhaps I would be able to help him recapture the well-being and emotional closeness he fantasied his brother had experienced with his parents prior to his birth.
- (obsolete) To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like.
- (transitive) To imagine; to conceive mentally.
fantasy f (plural fantasys)
fantasy n (indeclinable)
fantasy (not comparable)