imagination [ih-maj-uh-ney-shuhn] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||noun|
|Definition:||power to create in one's mind|
|Synonyms:||acuteness, artistry, awareness, chimera, cognition, conception, creation, creative thought, creativity, enterprise, fabrication, fancy, fantasy, flight of fancy, idea, ideality, illusion, image, imagery, ingenuity, insight, inspiration, intelligence, invention, inventiveness, mental agility, notion, originality, perceptibility, realization, resourcefulness, sally, supposition, thought, thoughtfulness, unreality, verve, vision, visualization, wit, wittiness|
|Antonyms:||being, entity, existence, material, reality, substance, truth|
imagination; originality; invention; fancy; inspiration; verve., warm imagination, heated imagination, excited imagination, sanguine imagination, ardent imagination, fiery imagination, boiling imagination, wild imagination, bold imagination, daring imagination, playful imagination, lively imagination, fertile imagination, fancy., "mind's eye"; "such stuff as dreams are made of" [Tempest]., ideality, idealism; romanticism, utopianism, castle-building., dreaming; phrensy, frenzy; ecstasy, extasy; calenture (delirium); reverie, trance; daydream, golden dream; somnambulism., conception, Vorstellung, excogitation, "a fine frenzy"; cloudland, dreamland; flight of fancy, fumes of fancy; "thick coming fancies" [Macbeth]; creation of the brain, coinage of the brain; imagery., conceit, maggot, figment, myth, dream, vision, shadow, chimera; phantasm, phantasy; fantasy, fancy; whim, whimsey, whimsy; vagary, rhapsody, romance, gest, geste, extravaganza; air drawn dagger, bugbear, nightmare., flying Dutchman, great sea serpent, man in the moon, castle in the air, chateau en Espagne; Utopia, Atlantis, happy valley, millennium, fairyland; land of Prester John, kindgom of Micomicon; work of fiction (novel); Arabian nights; le pot au lait; dream of Alnashar (hope)., illusion (error); phantom (fallacy of vision); Fata Morgana (ignis fatuus); vapor (cloud); stretch of the imagination (exaggeration); mythogenesis., idealist, romanticist, visionary; mopus; romancer, dreamer; somnambulist; rhapsodist (fanatic); castle-buildier, fanciful projector.
imagine, fancy, conceive; idealize, realize; dream, dream of; "give to airy nothing a local habitation and a name" [Midsummer Night's Dream]., create, originate, devise, invent, coin, fabricate; improvise, strike out something new., set one's wits to work; strain one's invention, crack one's invention; rack one's brains, ransack one's brains, cudgel one's brains; excogitate., give play, give the reins, give a loose to the imagination, give fancy; indulge in reverie., conjure up a vision; fancy oneself, represent oneself, picture- oneself, figure to oneself; vorstellen., float in the mind; suggest itself (thought).
imagined; ben trovato; air drawn, airbuilt., imagining &cv. v, imaginative; original, inventive, creative, fertile., romantic, high flown, flighty, extravagant, fanatic, enthusiastic, Utopian, Quixotic., ideal, unreal; in the clouds, in nubibus; unsubsantial; illusory (fallacious)., fabulous, legendary; mythic, mythological; chimerical; imaginary, visionary; notional; fancy, fanciful, fantastical; whimsical; fairy, fairy- like; gestic.
"a change came o'er the spirit of my dream" [Byron]; aegri somnia vana; dolphinum appingit sylvis in fluctibus aprum [Latin] [Horace]; "fancy light from fancy caught" [Tennyson]; "imagination rules the world" [Napoleon]; l'imagination gallope, le jugement ne va que le pas [French]; musaeo contingens cuncta lepore [Latin; Lucretius]; tous songes sont mensonges [French]; Wahrheil und Dichtung [German].
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