English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'fanciful'

(adjective) 
Definition
guided by unrestrained imagination
fanciful ideas about Martian life
Synonyms
unreal
There are few more unreal worlds than that of the celebrity.
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ideal
Their ideal society collapsed around them in revolution.
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romantic
Both figures have become the stuff of romantic legends.
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fantastic
outlandish and fantastic images
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fabulous
The chimaera of myth is a fabulous beast made up of the parts of other animals.
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imaginative
hundreds of cooking ideas and imaginative recipes
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imaginary
Lots of children have imaginary friends.
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extravagant
He was extravagant in his admiration of Lillie.
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visionary
the visionary worlds created by fantasy writers
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fairy-tale
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mythical
the mythical beast that had seven or more heads
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whimsical
He had an offbeat, whimsical sense of humour.
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Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of chimerical
Definition
wildly fanciful or imaginary
in the sense of extravagant
Definition
(of behaviour or gestures) extreme, esp. in order to make a particular impression
He was extravagant in his admiration of Lillie.
in the sense of fabulous
Definition
told of in fables and legends
The chimaera of myth is a fabulous beast made up of the parts of other animals.

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