Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to fantasy.
  • adj. fanciful or whimsical
  • adj. fantastic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fanciful; unreal; whimsical; capricious; fantastic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as fantastic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. ludicrously odd
  • adj. existing in fancy only

Etymologies

fantastic +‎ -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • IV. iii.163 (113,4) [if the old fantastical duke] Sir Thomas Hammer reads, _the_ odd _fantastical duke_, but _old_ is a common word of aggravation in ludicrous language, as, _there was_ old _revelling_.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • I. iii.53 (410,5) Are ye fantastical] By _fantastical_, he means creatures of fantasy or imagination; the question is, Are these real beings before us, or are we deceived by illusions of fancy?

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • The winners of the 16th annual Spectrum Awards, celebrating the best in fantastical art, have been announced.

    March 2009

  • Some good questions were asked by the librarians, though, including the problem with gay secondary characters in fantastical settings (I interpreted this as how much 'weight' should be given to homophobia in these books when the world is new and the individual concerned is not the protagonist) and what book were the panelists currently reading (the audience was entertained by my description of Three Bags Full).

    Travels and Teeth

  • It's not a coincidence that I quoted his notions of raciality in fantastical races above.

    Ishoo Wun

  • The only element even slightly fantastical is the sheer grotesqueness of the characters, the sheer size of the giant, moldering castle.

    Are There Any SF/F Books You Could Not Finish?

  • (I just say they can't be defining criteria; taken too literally, by the way, you'd get the kind of science fiction that I really hate: where have to skim pages of pseudo-scientific bullshit to explain fantastical devices).

    Putting SciFi in its place

  • ZONE and to some of the wonderful coming-of-age stories you get in fantastical fiction, like Stephen

    slayground: Interview: Christopher Golden

  • “Doctors use sumits to make medicine,” while other heard made-up words in fantastical terms, e.g.,

    What's real, and what's pretend?

  • Some stories do contain fantastical elements and can be easily classified as one, the other or both.

    Categorizing Science Fiction

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