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  1. Plural of fantasy

Extensive Definition

See fantasy for an account of the literary genre involving the development of common or popular fantasies.
A fantasy is a situation imagined by an individual or group, which does not correspond with reality but expresses certain desires or aims of its creator. Fantasies typically involve situations which are impossible (such as the existence of magic powers) or highly unlikely. Fantasies can also be sexual in nature.


In the theory of psychoanalysis, fantasy is used to describe unconscious desires, fears, drives etc. Sigmund Freud used the German word 'Phantasie', which could be translated as 'fantasy', but the meaning is clearly not the same as the everyday meaning and is usually printed as 'phantasy'. This should be strongly contrasted with delusion.

Literary references

An adult who constantly seems to be living in a fantasy world may be considered a Walter Mitty character.
fantasies in Danish: Fantasi
fantasies in German: Phantasie
fantasies in Spanish: Fantasía
fantasies in Esperanto: Fantazio
fantasies in French: Fantasme
fantasies in Dutch: Fantasie en dagdromen
fantasies in Japanese: 空想
fantasies in Portuguese: Fantasia (psicologia)
fantasies in Russian: Фантазия
fantasies in Swedish: Fantasi
fantasies in Ukrainian: Фантазія
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