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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈvɪʒn̩(ə)ɹi/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈvɪʒəˌnɛɹi/
- Hyphenation: vi‧sion‧ar‧y
visionary (comparative more visionary, superlative most visionary)
- having vision or foresight
- 1717, Alexander Pope, “Eloisa to Abelard”, in The Works of Alexander Pope, page 163:
- No more theſe ſeenes my meditation aid, / Or lull to reſt the viſionary mind.
- imaginary or illusory
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XXVII, in Francesca Carrara. […], volume II, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 291:
- To many, the visionary hope which is born of the imagination may seem the very mockery of nothing. We cannot imagine what we have never experienced.
- 1836, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers:
- Here Mr. Jackson smiled once more upon the company; and, applying his left thumb to the tip of his nose, worked a visionary coffee-mill with his right hand, thereby performing a very graceful piece of pantomime (then much in vogue, but now, unhappily, almost obsolete) which was familiarly denominated taking a grinder.
- prophetic or revelatory
- 1727, James Thomson, “Summer”, in The Works of James Thomson, page 69:
- Here frequent, at the viſionary hour, / When muſing midnight reigns or ſilent noon, / Angelic harps are in full concert heard, / And voiced chaunting from the wood-crown’d hill, / The deepening dale, or inmoſt ſilvan glade […]
- idealistic or utopian
- a visionary scheme or project
- c. 1712, Jonathan Swift, “A Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue”, in The Works of J.S., volume I, Dublin: George Faulkner, published 1735, page 187:
- I confeſs, the Merit of this Candour and Condeſcenſion is very much leſſened ; becauſe your Lordſhip hardly leaves us Room to offer our good Wiſhes ; removing all our Difficulties, and ſupplying our Wants, faſter than the moſt viſionary Projector can adjuſt his Schemes.
having vision or foresight
imaginary or illusory
prophetic or revelatory
idealistic or utopian
visionary (plural visionaries)
- Someone who has visions; a seer.
- An impractical dreamer.
- Someone who has positive ideas about the future.
- 2023 March 8, Howard Johnston, “Was Marples the real railway wrecker?”, in RAIL, number 978, page 51:
- Robertson was finally asked to step down at the end of 1961. His successor would be Dr Beeching, who was seen as both visionary and axeman.
someone who has visions
someone who has positive ideas for the future