fantasy




A fantasy is something you imagine, which might involve dragons, unicorns, or an imaginary best friend. If you live in a fantasy world, you’re not worrying much about reality — pleasant, maybe, but not very practical.

Fantasy is dreams and imagination. In a football fantasy league, you can create your own dream team. In literature, fantasy — a genre similar to science fiction — might include a story about a three-headed squirrel and a bionic aardvark who fall in love on a planet made entirely of strawberries. Romance can be fantasy, too, according to a Billy Joel song: “It’s just a fantasy. It’s not the real thing. But sometimes a fantasy is all you need.”

Definitions of fantasy
  1. noun

    imagination unrestricted by reality

    “a schoolgirl
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    dream, pipe dream

    a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe)
    fantasy life, phantasy life

    an imaginary life lived in a fantasy world
    fairyland, fantasy world, phantasy world

    something existing solely in the imagination (but often mistaken for reality)
    paracosm

    a prolonged fantasy world invented by children; can have a definite geography and language and history
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    imagination, imaginativeness, vision

    the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses

  2. noun

    fiction with a large amount of imagination in it

    “she made a lot of money writing romantic
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    science fiction

    literary fantasy involving the imagined impact of science on society
    cyberpunk

    a genre of fast-paced science fiction involving oppressive futuristic computerized societies
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    fiction

    a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

  3. noun

    something many people believe that is false

    synonyms:
    fancy, illusion, phantasy
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    bubble

    an impracticable and illusory idea
    ignis fatuus, will-o’-the-wisp

    an illusion that misleads
    wishful thinking

    the illusion that what you wish for is actually true
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    misconception

    an incorrect conception

  4. verb

    indulge in fantasies

    synonyms:
    fantasise, fantasize, phantasy
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    conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine

    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

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