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Word: fanciful

Definition: whimsical; visionary; imaginary; produced by imagination; Ex. fanciful scheme


Sentences Containing 'fanciful'

A name derived from the fanciful resemblance to the sound produced by cocking a rifle.
Besides, no one will trouble himself to verify whether you have followed them or whether you have not, being no way concerned in it; especially as, if I mistake not, this book of yours has no need of any one of those things you say it wants, for it is, from beginning to end, an attack upon the books of chivalry, of which Aristotle never dreamt, nor St. Basil said a word, nor Cicero had any knowledge; nor do the niceties of truth nor the observations of astrology come within the range of its fanciful vagaries; nor have geometrical measurements or refutations of the arguments used in rhetoric anything to do with it; nor does it mean to preach to anybody, mixing up things human and divine, a sort of motley in which no Christian understanding should dress itself.
But perhaps this difference can be brought home a little more clearly if you will pardon a rather fanciful simile.
But there was now a great darkness besides; and that invested the storm with new terrors, real and fanciful.
But under this difficulty, as under all the other difficulties of my journey, I seemed to be sustained and led on by my fanciful picture of my mother in her youth, before I came into the world.
Drawing across her bow, he perceived that in accordance with the fanciful French taste, the upper part of her stem-piece was carved in the likeness of a huge drooping stalk, was painted green, and for thorns had copper spikes projecting from it here and there; the whole terminating in a symmetrical folded bulb of a bright red colour.
Herodotus' fanciful numbers are used to populate the Persian army, and Plutarch's discussion of Greek women, specifically Spartan women, is inserted wrongly in the dialogue between the "misogynist" Persian ambassador and the Spartan king.
His long-running column "A Matter of Taste," on the Americas' foodways for the American Museum of Natural History's "Natural History" injected some researched facts and logical deduction into the highly fanciful traditional histories of cooking and helped lead to the revival of interest in American regional specialties.
However, various factors (American film piracy, price standardizations prescribed in 1908 by the Motion Picture Patents Company, and the waning popularity of fanciful magic films chief among them) led eventually to Méliès's financial ruin and the closing of his studio.
I don't know nor can I imagine how the recovery of Altisidora, a damsel more fanciful than wise, can have, as I have said before, anything to do with the sufferings of Sancho Panza.
In "The New York Times" James Woods described "True at First Light" as a travel journal that became a "fanciful memoir" and then a novel of sorts.
Jenny Sager calls the suggestion that Falstaff was based on Greene fanciful and "cringe-worthy".
Judging from its rather fanciful functions and from its name, it was probably a relic of the archaic jurisdiction of the patriarch-king.
One extreme is finding contempt where there is only a remote or fanciful possibility that public confidence in the administration of justice is undermined, while the other is finding contempt only in the most serious situations.
One fanciful theory originating from Captain Neil MacLeod of Gesto was that the MacCrimmons descend from an Italian from the city of Cremona.
Spontaneity and irreverent situational ideas are paramount for him over fanciful techniques and linear storytelling.
Still, the presence of Monte Cristo at such an hour, his mysterious, fanciful, and extraordinary entrance into her room through the wall, might well seem impossibilities to her shattered reason.
The drawing rooms were decorated with the rarest pictures by the old masters, the boudoirs hung with draperies from China, of fanciful colors, fantastic design, and wonderful texture.
The fanciful turrets feature mock-medieval features such as merlons and crenels.
The flesh is crisp and watery, and the taste is characteristic, which leads to some fanciful descriptions such as: "like a cross between nashi and bell pepper, with a very mild rose scent and a slightly bitter aftertaste."
The idea of those Devonshire girls, among the dry law-stationers and the attorneys' offices; and of the tea and toast, and children's songs, in that grim atmosphere of pounce and parchment, red-tape, dusty wafers, ink-jars, brief and draft paper, law reports, writs, declarations, and bills of costs; seemed almost as pleasantly fanciful as if I had dreamed that the Sultan's famous family had been admitted on the roll of attorneys, and had brought the talking bird, the singing tree, and the golden water into Gray's Inn Hall.
The identity of the designer of the folly is uncertain, but it is often attributed to Sir William Chambers who designed similar fanciful structures at Kew Gardens, and who showed a similarly meticulous attention to detail (including curved panes of glass and chimneys disguised as rooftop urns) in his design for the Casino at Marino, just outside Dublin Pineapples as a decorative motif.
The resemblance between the greyhound and race-horse is hardly more fanciful than the analogies which have been drawn by some authors between widely different animals.
these biographical facts are paltry in the extreme but we must resist the urge to embellish them with fanciful stories, as the medieval biographers did, or engage in idle speculation about al-Farabi’s ethnicity or religious affiliation on the basis of contrived interpretations of his works, as many modern scholars have done."
This has given rise to several fanciful explanations for why the third floor is apparently sealed off and not accessible from elevators or steps.
Unforced and appealing, she often succeeds in pulling the fanciful fireworks momentarily back down to Earth."
Various fanciful origins exist for those who introduced this tradition, such as: survivors from the Battle of Tours (during which Charles Martel fought the Saracens in 732, 350 km and many centuries away), refugees from the Balkans fleeing the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century after the Fall of Constantinople, Burgundians settling in Bresse in the 5th-6th century and carrying with them Nordic-style chimneys, or monk-soldiers of the 12th century.
Was thy existence then too fanciful For our life's common light, who are so dull?
``By no means, madame; the fanciful exists no longer in the East.
``My dear Maximilian, you are really too fanciful; you will not love even me long.

More Vocab Words

::: supererogatory - superfluous; more than needed or demanded
::: fanciful - whimsical; visionary; imaginary; produced by imagination; Ex. fanciful scheme
::: belated - delayed
::: humid - damp; N. humidity
::: astute - wise; shrewd; keen; seeing quickly something that is to one's advantage
::: linguistic - pertaining to language
::: inimitable - matchless; not able to be imitated
::: persist - continue in existence; last; continue in a course of action in spite of opposition; Ex. persist in/with something; ADJ. persistent
::: circumscribe - limit; confine; draw a line around
::: lionize - treat (a person) as a celebrity