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fantastic (adj.)

late 14c., "existing only in imagination, produced by (mental) fantasy," from Old French fantastique (14c.), from Medieval Latin fantasticus, from Late Latin phantasticus "imaginary," from Greek phantastikos "able to imagine," from phantazein "make visible" (middle voice phantazesthai "picture to oneself"); see phantasm. Trivial sense of "wonderful, marvelous" recorded by 1938. Old French had a different adjective form, fantasieus "weird; insane; make-believe." Medieval Latin also used fantasticus as a noun, "a lunatic," and Shakespeare and his contemporaries had it in Italian form fantastico "one who acts ridiculously."

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Definitions of fantastic from WordNet

fantastic (adj.)
extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers;
the film was fantastic!
a fantastic trip to the Orient
fantastic (adj.)
ludicrously odd;
fantastic Halloween costumes
Synonyms: antic / fantastical / grotesque
fantastic (adj.)
fanciful and unrealistic; foolish;
a fantastic idea of his own importance
Synonyms: wild
fantastic (adj.)
existing in fancy only; "fantastic figures with bulbous heads the circumference of a bushel"- Nathaniel Hawthorne;
Synonyms: fantastical
fantastic (adj.)
extravagantly fanciful in design, construction, appearance;
Gaudi's fantastic architecture
From wordnet.princeton.edu