fancy, fantasy

fancy, fantasy
Fancy is a term for imagination that is light, playful, unreal, and whimsical: "I often indulge in the happy fancy that I am both rich and powerful." "Sue's belief that she is irresistible is merely her playful fancy." "She let her fancy play with the idea of a luxurious trip to Paris." Fantasy is applied to that kind of fancy that is unrestrained, extravagant, and erratic: "It is a dangerous fantasy to believe that you can fly through the air by flapping your arms." "The fantasy of this artist resulted in paintings that are weird and unbelievable."

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  • fantasy — See fancy, fantasy …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Fancy — Fan cy (f[a^]n s[y^]), n.; pl. {Fancies}. [Contr. fr. fantasy, OF. fantasie, fantaisie, F. fantaisie, L. phantasia, fr. Gr. ???????? appearance, imagination, the power of perception and presentation in the mind, fr. ???????? to make visible, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fancy —   [ fænsɪ; englisch, eigentlich »Fantasie«],    1) die, / s, Musik: Fantasy [ fæntəsɪ], die der Geschichte der musikalischen Fantasie zugehörige Hauptform der englischen Kammermusik von etwa 1575 bis 1680. Sie entwickelte sich aus dem… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • fancy — ► VERB (fancies, fancied) 1) Brit. informal feel a desire for. 2) Brit. informal find sexually attractive. 3) regard as a likely winner. 4) imagine. 5) used to express surprise: fancy that! …   English terms dictionary

  • fancy — [fan′sē] n. pl. fancies [ME fantsy, contr. < fantasie: see FANTASY] 1. imagination, now esp. light, playful, or whimsical imagination 2. illusion or delusion 3. a mental image 4. an arbitrary idea; notion; caprice; whim 5. an …   English World dictionary

  • fancy — (n.) mid 15c., contraction of FANTASY (Cf. fantasy), it took the older and longer word s sense of inclination, whim, desire. Meaning fans of an amusement or sport, collectively is attested by 1735, especially (though not originally) of the prize… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fantasy — 1 fancy, imagination Analogous words: imagining, fancying, conceiving, envisioning (see THINK): externalizing, objectifying (see REALIZE) 2 *fancy, phantasy, phantasm, vision, dream, daydream, nightmare Analogous words: *delusion, illusion,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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