Visionary
Visionary Vi"sion*a*ry, a. [Cf. F. visionnaire.] 1. Of or pertaining to a visions or visions; characterized by, appropriate to, or favorable for, visions. [1913 Webster]

The visionary hour When musing midnight reigns. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

2. Affected by phantoms; disposed to receive impressions on the imagination; given to reverie; apt to receive, and act upon, fancies as if they were realities. [1913 Webster]

Or lull to rest the visionary maid. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Existing in imagination only; not real; fanciful; imaginary; having no solid foundation; as, visionary prospect; a visionary scheme or project. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Fanciful; fantastic; unreal. See {Fanciful}. [1913 Webster]


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