From Old French fantasie (“fantasy”), from Latin phantasia (“imagination”), from Ancient Greek φαντασία (phantasía, “apparition”), from φαντάζω (phantázō, “to show at the eye or the mind”), from φαίνω (phaínō, “to show in light”), from the same root as φῶς (phôs, “light”); [presented by Liddle & Scott] as Ancient Greek *φα (*pha, “to shine”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfæntəsi/, /ˈfæntəzi/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈfæntəsi/, [ˈfæntɪ̈si], [ˈfæɾ̃ɪ̈si]
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- That which comes from one's imagination.
- (literature) The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and the supernatural, imaginary worlds and creatures, etc.
- A fantastical design.
- (slang) The drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.
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- (literary, psychoanalysis) To fantasize (about).
2013, Mark J. Blechner, Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV:
- Perhaps I would be able to help him recapture the well-being and emotional closeness he fantasied his brother had experienced with his parents prior to his birth.
- (obsolete) To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like.
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1518, Thomas More; Robynson, transl., Utopia, published 1551:
- Which he doth most fantasy.