fantastic

The adjective fantastic has two meanings — extraordinarily brilliant or ludicrously far-fetched. So when your boss calls your suggestion of work-at-home-in-your-bathrobe-Fridays for the whole office fantastic, be sure you know which one he means.

We get fantastic from the Latin phantasticus, meaning “imaginary.” Sometimes it’s still used that way: If you call a unicorn a fantastic beast, you’re not paying it a compliment; you’re saying it exists only in fairy tales. Most often, though, fantastic means strikingly out-of-the-ordinary. It can be complimentary ("You got an A? Fantastic!") or disparaging ("He was always foolishly unrealistic, but trying to reach the moon using a balloon tied to his bicycle was his most fantastic idea yet.").

Primary Meanings of fantastic

1.
adj
extravagantly fanciful in design, construction, appearance
2.
adj
extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
Full Definitions of fantastic
1

adj extravagantly fanciful in design, construction, appearance

“Gaudi's fantastic architecture”
Synonyms:
fancy
not plain; decorative or ornamented

adj existing in fancy only

“" fantastic figures with bulbous heads the circumference of a bushel"- Nathaniel Hawthorne”
Synonyms:
fantastical
unreal
lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria

adj fanciful and unrealistic; foolish

“a fantastic idea of his own importance”
Synonyms:
wild
unrealistic
not realistic

adj ludicrously odd

fantastic Halloween costumes”
Synonyms:
antic, fantastical, grotesque
strange, unusual
being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird
2

adj extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers

“a fantastic trip to the Orient”
“the film was fantastic!”
Synonyms:
grand, howling, marvellous, marvelous, rattling, terrific, tremendous, wonderful, wondrous
extraordinary
beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

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