Definition of fantasy in English:

fantasy

noun

  • 1mass noun The faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things.

    ‘his researches had moved into the realms of fantasy’
    as modifier ‘a fantasy world’
    • ‘Although the Chancellor may well remain against early membership, we can no longer claim the mechanics of British membership are in the realms of fantasy.’
    • ‘But at 3000 pounds sterling it's going to stay in the realms of fantasy for a while.’
    • ‘These are tough ladies, both professional dominants, who very clearly differentiate between fantasy and reality.’
    • ‘Too many clubs seem to be spending ridiculous amounts based on projected incomes which are not just unrealistic but beyond the realms of fantasy.’
    • ‘The proposition that tolls might quadruple on the Forth Road Bridge at peak times belongs in the realms of fantasy, in the box marked ‘politically impossible’.’
    • ‘After the 5-1 hammering of the first leg, progress in this year's Worthington Cup always looked beyond even the realms of fantasy.’
    • ‘She articulates the quirky contours of her subjects - products of design and childhood fantasy - with bold painterly effects.’
    • ‘He differs from them, moreover, in his passionate portrayal of dilemmas, choices, challenges and threats that occur in the cold light of everyday reality rather than the realms of fantasy.’
    • ‘The idea Greenspan, who turned 75 earlier this month, should hold all the economic answers is to live in the realms of fantasy.’
    • ‘Can a 7-year-old clearly distinguish reality from fantasy?’
    • ‘If previous soul musicians reflected social unrest and the plight of the Afro-American, George Clinton's psychedelic glam-funk was in the realms of fantasy.’
    • ‘Only the truly poor used drugs to escape into the realms of fantasy; most people used Virtual Reality systems, both legal and illegal.’
    • ‘A flight into the realms of fantasy is almost always a flight into danger.’
    • ‘We use fantasy, conscious and unconscious, to explore things that have not happened and never will, to see in our mind's eye worlds out of reach.’
    • ‘Christie's Africa sale on September 24, which is a veritable Aladdin's cave of Stanley's effects allows us to enter into the realms of fantasy.’
    imagination, creativity, fancy, invention, originality, vision, speculation, make-believe, daydreaming, reverie
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    1. 1.1count noun A fanciful mental image, typically one on which a person often dwells and which reflects their conscious or unconscious wishes.
      ‘the notion of being independent is a child's ultimate fantasy’
      • ‘This is the dark mirror image of Roberts' fantasies about domestic bliss with Sue.’
      • ‘Instead, he explores his own dreams and fantasies in these often-unsettling images.’
      • ‘The stiller and quieter you are, the more they read into you all the fantasies they wish.’
      • ‘All day though, she had secretly entertained the idea and conjured up fanciful fantasies about her becoming a stage actress.’
      • ‘It's one of those unstoppable childhood fantasies, like wishing you could fly, become invisible or eat candy for dinner.’
      • ‘But I don't think that the latest set of paranoid fantasies reflect particularly well on him.’
      • ‘Was she so crushed by exile and loss that her plays are wish fulfillment fantasies of revenge and triumph?’
      • ‘Imagine the most outrageous fantasy came true and she confessed her love and you two were married.’
      • ‘They reveal unconscious motivating fantasies and wishes about one's identity.’
      • ‘All such pulls, many of them unconscious, are deployed to disrupt the proper aim of the work that is, for the patient to come to acknowledge and own his own unconscious wishes and fantasies.’
      • ‘There is a level at which these films are patriarchal wish - fulfilment fantasies, in which our troubles are resolved by a trustworthy father - figure.’
      • ‘Everything else in his mind drowned itself in images and fantasies of the creature before him.’
      • ‘From Oprah to Jamie Oliver, in a culture dominated by images of fantasies and impossible ideals, we too frequently think that we should live like the people on TV.’
      • ‘Irigaray reads Freud very closely, not in order to better master his teachings, but rather to uncover his own unconscious fantasies and fears of the other sex.’
      • ‘While the setting evoked an escapist fantasy, the conversation dwelt obsessively on the harsh, inescapable realities of the moment.’
      • ‘It reflects real fantasies, not political needs.’
      • ‘This image displayed a fantasy of a superior warrior caste, responsive to the demands of theater.’
      • ‘When we do that, we give ourselves the opportunity to reflect on the fantasies and anxieties that permeate our everyday lives.’
      • ‘It is well designed, and provides a forum for the expression of experiences, fantasies, mental states and the like related to sex.’
      • ‘Sometimes it is contained in images and unlikely fantasies and sometimes it is contained in behaviour that we recognize as being stupid but unexplained.’
      dream, daydream, pipe dream, flight of fancy, fanciful notion, wish, wishful thinking
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    2. 1.2count noun An idea with no basis in reality.
      ‘it is a misleading fantasy to suggest that the bill can be implemented’
      • ‘Aboriginal people were not regarded as human beings, and all cultures have their own sort of collective fantasies, and the idea of terra nullius was a collective fantasy.’
      • ‘For the 78-year-old Leeds-born millionaire, who made a career out of turning fantasies into reality, it was his own dream come true.’
      • ‘The manager gave the impression that the whole idea was a distant fantasy unworthy of immediate attention on Friday, but there was an element of enthusiasm too.’
      • ‘Employing a device used in numerous recent films, the director mixes day-to-day reality with Glass's fantasies in a manner both amusing and disturbing.’
      • ‘And the promise of better funding for libraries needs to become a reality not just a fantasy to prevent their permanent decline according to a recent report by campaign group Libris.’
      • ‘For a moment, I even allowed the event to fuel a little fantasy about the harsh reality of my rural existence.’
      • ‘For Pirela, it's all about seeing his dreams become realities and watching his fantasies come to life.’
      • ‘As a child one goes through these wild imaginations frequently but seldom these fantasies come true in reality.’
      • ‘She had preferred a tissue of fantasies to this reality.’
      • ‘But in the end they were forced to admit, just as Ben and I had, that no matter how hard you try to breathe life into a fantasy, sometimes reality is the best you can hope to get.’
      • ‘This is a Utopian idea perhaps, but no less a fantasy than the idea that the laws of copyright, born of the printing press, can evolve to match the economy today that they purport to control.’
      • ‘Historical representations, the film suggests, remain in curious conversation across the realities and fantasies of culture and time.’
      • ‘Americans behave this way partly because they have so little understanding of the world and live in a fantasy concerning even the realities of their own country.’
      • ‘He or she has an idea, perhaps a fantasy of Africa.’
      • ‘I've always considered myself somewhat of a hopeless romantic, armed with crazy ideas and retrospectively pitiful fantasies about ways to woo.’
      • ‘But once Sir Alfred decides to make his fantasies into reality, he finds himself encountering unexpected obstacles.’
      • ‘All were quite capable of distinguishing between their own fantasies and reality, but most simply preferred to avoid the latter and embrace the former.’
      • ‘Yes, moon launches are spectacular, but the Space Shuttle would turn our spaceward fantasies into reality.’
      • ‘If they are not stopped soon, these fantasies will soon be reality, and voting a thing of the past.’
      • ‘Once a mere fantasy, the idea of growing new, healthy heart tissue to replace damaged or diseased heart muscle is inching closer to reality.’
    3. 1.3 A genre of imaginative fiction involving magic and adventure, especially in a setting other than the real world.
      • ‘The immortal, crucified and resurrected fecundity of God pours into and out of every honest work of fantasy and science fiction.’
      • ‘And yet why is it that African Americans are so little a part of genre science fiction and fantasy today?’
      • ‘As they do for many adolescents and adults, fantasy and science fiction gave me fables that were spiritual and fables that explored the desire to be spiritual.’
      • ‘Still, his books are always packaged either as science fiction or as fantasy, which would seem to imply there's a meaningful distinction between the two.’
      • ‘His articles on mythology, folklore, fantasy, and science fiction have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals.’
      • ‘I'm not talking about the drama, musical, comedy, or the Western genres, but horror movies, science fiction, fantasy and thrillers.’
      • ‘The idea that empire is a Bad Thing suffuses almost all our imaginative worlds too: in the literature of science fiction and fantasy, in popular cinema, in video and computer games.’
      • ‘This is also one reason why I remain so steadfastly resolute about concentrating on fantasy, science fiction and horror film.’
      • ‘That is why there is such a rich future for people of color in science fiction and fantasy, because the genre allows us to speculate on our future whether utopian or dystopian.’
      • ‘But I think my favorite genre is fantasy, with historical fiction at a close second.’
      • ‘He has sold short stories in a range of genres, including romantic comedy, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.’
      • ‘Of course some popular genre fiction - fantasy, science fiction, crime - can be of a high calibre as well.’
      • ‘The Matrix, along with much fantasy and science fiction, is part of the undercurrents of our times which are rapidly coming to the surface.’
      • ‘He is also a difficult writer to define, ranging from fantasy to science fiction and essays.’
      • ‘It's a funny thing, but despite the fact that science fiction and fantasy are my genre fiction of choice, I never liked Lord of the Rings.’
      • ‘Just by way of background: Locus concentrates on science fiction, fantasy and horror, and its web site always includes a generous amount of free info and lots of links to more of the same.’
      • ‘Where did it all start… if I were to pin point any particular instance, it was my fascination with dragons and the genre of science fiction / fantasy.’
      • ‘From hard-edge science fiction to high-flown fantasy, comic books to film noir, high culture to sub-culture… we sink our teeth into it all!’
      • ‘I don't particularly care what subject it is, it could be romance, horror, adventure, fantasy etc.’
      • ‘I find there are too many negative connotations to genre writing, especially to the ever-so-popular science fiction / fantasy.’
      myth, legend, fable, fairy tale, romance
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    4. 1.4as modifier Denoting a competition or league in which participants select imaginary teams from among the players in a real sports league and score points according to the actual performance of their players.
      ‘he's my second-round draft choice in fantasy baseball this year’
      ‘look at their dedication to fantasy leagues and the enormous minutiae of the stats they memorize’
      • ‘Over the past month, they're the two most valuable pitchers in all of fantasy baseball.’
      • ‘One of the most difficult commodities to acquire in fantasy baseball is elite starting pitching.’
      • ‘In fantasy basketball, a deadline deal can give your point guard a new sharpshooter to pad his assist stats.’
      • ‘In his personal time, Stephen blogs for his several fantasy hockey leagues.’
      • ‘The majority of fantasy leagues ended in Week 16.’
      • ‘Fantasy hockey has four weeks until the playoffs but to be fair most teams have played at least 24 games so far.’
      • ‘The 33-year-old southpaw is nothing more than a late-round gamble in standard mixed fantasy leagues.’
      • ‘In fantasy leagues, you don't have to pay him millions and millions, softening the blow if he ends up failing to meet your standards.’
      • ‘Did you finish last in your fantasy baseball league last year?’
      • ‘Three first-round picks stepped up their games this season to the benefit of their fantasy basketball managers.’
  • 2Music
    A fantasia.

    • ‘Written for Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Die Natali is a fantasy on Christmas carols.’
    • ‘The programme will be something of a surprise comprising of a fantasy by Telemann, a suite or partita by Bach and Barry Guy's ‘Inachis’.’
    • ‘Field also wrote fantasies and rondos (using popular melodies), études, waltzes, and works for piano duet.’
    • ‘He would often make me sit with him to listen to Don Giovanni, or the piano sonatas and fantasies, as if there were great secrets to share in the music.’
    • ‘He had studied to advantage the Elizabethan and Jacobean masters of the string fantasy.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • Imagine the occurrence of; fantasize about.

    ‘it is ludicrous to fantasy ‘disinventing’ the hydrogen bomb’
    • ‘Webster's defines fetish as ‘an object of irrational reverence or obsessive devotion… an object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification.’’
    • ‘Also, had I previously seen someone else do this, or had once done it myself, or had once simply fantasied about doing it and had now, hearing the song again, remembered my fantasy?’
    • ‘Since they revealed little about the concentration camps, she fantasied stories of their courageous escapes.’
    • ‘The overstriving of the child suffering the ulcerative colitis is a life-saving maneuver, evoked by fantasied danger of abandonment to destructive forces.’
    • ‘Depression is guilt based, and relates to past fantasied or real events, while anxiety is based on the fear of some future fantasied catastrophe.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French fantasie, via Latin from Greek phantasia ‘imagination, appearance’, later ‘phantom’, from phantazein ‘make visible’. From the 16th to the 19th centuries the Latinized spelling phantasy was also used.

Pronunciation

fantasy

/ˈfantəsi//ˈfantəzi/