One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or of the nature of a phantasm; phantasmal, incorporeal, illusory.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Barnabe Barnes (bap. 1571, d. 1609), poet and playwright. From post-classical Latin phantasmaticus unreal, imaginary from phantasmat-, phantasma + -icus. Compare French fantasmatique of the nature of a phantom.
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