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Definition 1: imagination or fantasy; held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where fancy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • never had the wildest flights of fancy imagined such magnificence

(fancy is a kind of ...) 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"

Definition 2: something many people believe that is false - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where fancy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they have the illusion that I am very wealthy

Synonyms for fancy in the sense of this definition

(fancy is a kind of ...) an incorrect conception

(... is a kind of fancy ) an impracticable and illusory idea

"he didn't want to burst the newcomer's bubble"

(... is a kind of fancy ) an illusion that misleads

(... is a kind of fancy ) the illusion that what you wish for is actually true

Definition 3: a predisposition to like something - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where fancy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a fondness for whiskey
  • she had dismissed him quite brutally, relegating him to the status of a passing fancy, or less

Synonyms for fancy in the sense of this definition

(fancy is a kind of ...) a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment

"I've always had a liking for reading" "she developed a liking for gin"

Definition 4: imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind - [verb of creation]

Samples where fancy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I can't see him on horseback!
  • I can see what will happen
  • I can see a risk in this strategy

Synonyms for fancy in the sense of this definition

(fancy is a kind of ...) form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

"Can you conceive of him as the president?"

(fancy has a similar meaning as ...) perceive (an idea or situation) mentally

"Now I see!" "I just can't see your point" "Does she realize how important this decision is?" "I don't understand the idea"

(fancy has a similar meaning as ...) form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract

"Mathematicians often visualize"

Definition 5: have a fancy or particular liking or desire for - [verb of emotion]

Samples where fancy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window

Synonyms for fancy in the sense of this definition

(fancy is a kind of ...) feel or have a desire for; want strongly

"I want to go home now" "I want my own room"

(fancy implies ...) find enjoyable or agreeable

"I like jogging" "She likes to read Russian novels"

Definition 6: not plain; decorative or ornamented - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where fancy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fancy handwriting
  • fancy clothes

(fancy is similar to ...) marked by complexity and richness of detail

"an elaborate lace pattern"

(fancy is similar to ...) gathered for protruding fullness

"puff sleeves"

(fancy is similar to ...) made of or resembling lace

"a lacy gown" "a lacy leaf"

(fancy is similar to ...) extravagantly fanciful in design, construction, appearance

"Gaudi's fantastic architecture"

(fancy is similar to ...) having a curiously intricate quality

"a fanciful pattern with intertwined vines and flowers"

(fancy is similar to ...) having or resembling repeated square indentations like those in a battlement

"a crenelated molding"

(fancy is similar to ...) decorated with wormlike tracery or markings

"vermicular (or vermiculated) stonework"

(fancy is similar to ...) having a woven pattern

"damask table linens"

(fancy is similar to ...) (of metals) decorated or inlaid with a wavy pattern of different (especially precious) metals

"a damascened sword"

(fancy is similar to ...) having the surface decorated with a network of fine cracks, as in crackleware

"a crackle glaze"

(fancy is similar to ...) in fancy clothing

(fancy is similar to ...) overcrowded or cluttered with detail

"a busy painting" "a fussy design"

(fancy is similar to ...) having elaborate symmetrical ornamentation

"the building...frantically baroque"

(fancy is similar to ...) elaborately or excessively ornamented

"flamboyant handwriting" "the senator's florid speech"

(fancy is similar to ...) having excessive asymmetrical ornamentation

"an exquisite gilded rococo mirror"

(means also ...) provided with something intended to increase its beauty or distinction

(means also ...) given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought

"mere rhetorical frippery"

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