Fancifully
Fanciful Fan"ci*ful, a. 1. Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects. [1913 Webster]

2. Conceived in the fancy; not consistent with facts or reason; abounding in ideal qualities or figures; as, a fanciful scheme; a fanciful theory. [1913 Webster]

3. Curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress. [1913 Webster]

Gather up all fancifullest shells. --Keats.

Syn: Imaginative; ideal; visionary; capricious; chimerical; whimsical; fantastical; wild.

Usage: {Fanciful}, {Fantastical}, {Visionary}. We speak of that as fanciful which is irregular in taste and judgment; we speak of it as fantastical when it becomes grotesque and extravagant as well as irregular; we speak of it as visionary when it is wholly unfounded in the nature of things. Fanciful notions are the product of a heated fancy, without any tems are made up of oddly assorted fancies, aften of the most whimsical kind; visionary expectations are those which can never be realized in fact. -- {Fan"ci*ful*ly}, adv. -{Fan"ci*ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fancifully — adverb see fanciful …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • fancifully — adv. fantastically; imaginatively; whimsically, capriciously …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fancifully — fan·ci·ful·ly …   English syllables

  • fancifully — See: fanciful …   English dictionary

  • fanciful — fancifully, adv. fancifulness, n. /fan si feuhl/, adj. 1. characterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance: a fanciful design of butterflies and flowers. 2. suggested by fancy; imaginary; unreal: fanciful lands of romance …   Universalium

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