fantasy

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English[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Old French fantasie (fantasy), from Latin phantasia (imagination), from Ancient Greek φαντασία (phantasía, apparition). Doublet of fancy, fantasia, phantasia, and phantasy.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfæntəsi/, /ˈfæntəzi/
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Noun[edit]

fantasy (countable and uncountable, plural fantasies)

  1. That which comes from one's imagination.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, London, Act 1, Scene 1:
      Is not this something more than fantasy?
    • 1634, John Milton, Comus:
      A thousand fantasies / Begin to throng into my memory.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      The whole position was so tremendous and so absolutely unearthly, that I believe it actually lulled our sense of terror, but to this hour I often see it in my dreams, and at its mere phantasy wake up covered with cold sweat.
  2. (literature) The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and the supernatural, imaginary worlds and creatures, etc.
  3. A fantastical design.
  4. (slang) The drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Czech: fantasy
  • French: fantasy
  • German: Fantasy
  • Malay: fantasi
  • Polish: fantasy
  • Swahili: fantasia

Translations[edit]

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Verb[edit]

fantasy (third-person singular simple present fantasies, present participle fantasying, simple past and past participle fantasied)

  1. (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.
  2. (obsolete) To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cavendish to this entry?)
    • 1518, Thomas More; Robynson, transl., Utopia, published 1551:
      Which he doth most fantasy.
  3. (transitive) To imagine; to conceive mentally.

See also[edit]


Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English fantasy. Doublet of fantasie.

Noun[edit]

fantasy f

  1. (literature) fantasy (literary genre)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English fantasy. Doublet of fantaisie.

Noun[edit]

fantasy f (plural fantasys)

  1. (literature) fantasy (literary genre)

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

From English fantasy.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fantasy n (indeclinable)

  1. (literature) fantasy (genre)

Adjective[edit]

fantasy (not comparable)

  1. fantastical (of or pertaining to fantasy)

Declension[edit]

Indeclinable.

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Further reading[edit]

  • fantasy in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • fantasy in Polish dictionaries at PWN