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Imagination vs. Fantasy

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Imaginationnoun

The image-making power of the mind; the act of mentally creating or reproducing an object not previously perceived; the ability to create such images.

‘Imagination is one of the most advanced human faculties.’;

Fantasynoun

That which comes from one's imagination.

Imaginationnoun

Particularly, construction of false images; fantasizing.

‘You think someone's been following you? That's just your imagination.’;

Fantasynoun

(literature) The literary genre generally dealing with themes of magic and the supernatural, imaginary worlds and creatures, etc.

Imaginationnoun

Creativity; resourcefulness.

‘His imagination makes him a valuable team member.’;

Fantasynoun

A fantastical design.

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Imaginationnoun

A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; something imagined.

Fantasynoun

(slang) The drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.

Imaginationnoun

The imagine-making power of the mind; the power to create or reproduce ideally an object of sense previously perceived; the power to call up mental imagines.

‘Our simple apprehension of corporeal objects, if present, is sense; if absent, is imagination.’; ‘Imagination is of three kinds: joined with belief of that which is to come; joined with memory of that which is past; and of things present, or as if they were present.’;

Fantasyverb

To fantasize (about).

Imaginationnoun

The representative power; the power to reconstruct or recombine the materials furnished by direct apprehension; the complex faculty usually termed the plastic or creative power; the fancy.

‘The imagination of common language - the productive imagination of philosophers - is nothing but the representative process plus the process to which I would give the name of the "comparative."’; ‘The power of the mind to decompose its conceptions, and to recombine the elements of them at its pleasure, is called its faculty of imagination.’; ‘The business of conception is to present us with an exact transcript of what we have felt or perceived. But we have moreover a power of modifying our conceptions, by combining the parts of different ones together, so as to form new wholes of our creation. I shall employ the word imagination to express this power.’;

Fantasyverb

(obsolete) To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like.

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Imaginationnoun

The power to recombine the materials furnished by experience or memory, for the accomplishment of an elevated purpose; the power of conceiving and expressing the ideal.

‘The lunatic, the lover, and the poetAre of imagination all compact . . . The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven,And as imagination bodies forthThe forms of things unknown, the poet's penTurns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothingA local habitation and a name.’;

Fantasyverb

(transitive) To imagine; to conceive mentally.

Imaginationnoun

A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; a conception; a notion.

‘The same power, which we should call fancy if employed on a production of a light nature, would be dignified with the title of imagination if shown on a grander scale.’;

Fantasynoun

Fancy; imagination; especially, a whimsical or fanciful conception; a vagary of the imagination; whim; caprice; humor.

‘Is not this something more than fantasy ?’; ‘A thousand fantasiesBegin to throng into my memory.’;

Imaginationnoun

the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses;

‘popular imagination created a world of demons’; ‘imagination reveals what the world could be’;

Fantasynoun

Fantastic designs.

‘Embroidered with fantasies and flourishes of gold thread.’;

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Imaginationnoun

the ability to form mental images of things or events;

‘he could still hear her in his imagination’;

Fantasyverb

To have a fancy for; to be pleased with; to like; to fancy.

‘Which he doth most fantasy.’;

Imaginationnoun

the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems;

‘a man of resource’;

Fantasynoun

imagination unrestricted by reality;

‘a schoolgirl fantasy’;

Imaginationnoun

the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses

‘her story captured the public's imagination’; ‘she'd never been blessed with a vivid imagination’;

Fantasynoun

fiction with a large amount of fantasy in it;

‘she made a lot of money writing romantic fantasies’;

Imaginationnoun

the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful

‘she was set in her ways and lacked imagination’;

Fantasynoun

something many people believe that is false;

‘they have the illusion that I am very wealthy’;

Imaginationnoun

the part of the mind that imagines things

‘a girl who existed only in my imagination’;

Fantasynoun

the faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things

‘his researches had moved into the realms of fantasy’; ‘a fantasy world’;

Imagination

Imagination is the ability to produce and simulate novel objects, sensations, and ideas in the mind without any immediate input of the senses. It is also described as the forming of experiences in one's mind, which can be re-creations of past experiences such as vivid memories with imagined changes, or they can be completely invented and possibly fantastic scenes.

Fantasynoun

a fanciful mental image, typically one on which a person often dwells and which reflects their conscious or unconscious wishes

‘the notion of being independent is a child's ultimate fantasy’;

Fantasynoun

an idea with no basis in reality

‘it is a misleading fantasy to suggest that the bill can be implemented’;

Fantasynoun

a genre of imaginative fiction involving magic and adventure, especially in a setting other than the real world.

Fantasynoun

denoting a competition or league in which participants select imaginary teams from among the players in a real sports league and score points according to the actual performance of their players

‘look at their dedication to fantasy leagues and the enormous minutiae of the stats they memorize’; ‘he's my second-round draft choice in fantasy baseball this year’;

Fantasynoun

a fantasia.

Fantasyverb

imagine the occurrence of; fantasize about

‘it is ludicrous to fantasy ‘disinventing’ the hydrogen bomb’;

Fantasy

Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real world myth and folklore. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became fantasy literature and drama.

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