also chimeric adjective Etymology: chimera Date: 1638 1. existing only as the product of unchecked imagination ; fantastically visionary or improbable 2. given to fantastic schemes Synonyms: see imaginarychimerically adverb

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  • Chimerical — Chi*mer ic*al, a. Merely imaginary; fanciful; fantastic; wildly or vainly conceived; having, or capable of having, no existence except in thought; as, chimerical projects. Syn: Imaginary; fanciful; fantastic; wild; unfounded; vain; deceitful;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chimerical — index delusive, fictitious, illusory, immaterial, insubstantial, nonexistent, quixotic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burt …   Law dictionary

  • chimerical — fantastic, fanciful, visionary, imaginary, quixotic Analogous words: Utopian, *ambitious, pretentious: illusory, *apparent: delusive, delusory, *misleading, deceptive: fabulous, mythical (see FICTITIOUS): preposterous, absurd (see FOOLISH)… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • chimerical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) like a mythical chimera. 2) illusory or impossible to achieve. DERIVATIVES chimerically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • chimerical — [kī mer′i kəl, kimer′i kəl] adj. [ CHIMER(A) + ICAL] 1. imaginary; fantastic; unreal 2. absurd; impossible 3. indulging in unrealistic fancies; visionary: Also chimeric chimerically adv …   English World dictionary

  • chimerical — chimerically, adv. /ki mer i keuhl, mear , kuy /, adj. 1. unreal; imaginary; visionary: a chimerical terrestrial paradise. 2. wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic: a chimerical plan. Also, chimeric. [1630 40; CHIMER(A) + ICAL] Syn. 1. illusory,… …   Universalium

  • chimerical — adjective /kɪˈmɛɹɪkəl/ a) Of or pertaining to a chimera. Yes; I have a turn both for observation and for deduction. The theories which I have expressed there, and which appear to you to be so chimerical, are really extremely practical so… …   Wiktionary

  • chimerical — adjective 1. being or relating to or like a chimera his Utopia is not as chimeric commonwealth but a practical improvement on what already exists Douglas Bush • Syn: ↑chimeric, ↑chimeral • Pertains to noun: ↑Chimera (for: ↑chimeral) …   Useful english dictionary

  • chimerical — Synonyms and related words: Barmecidal, Barmecide, absurd, aerial, air built, airy, ambitious, apparent, apparitional, autistic, chimeric, cloud born, cloud built, cloud woven, deceptive, delusional, delusionary, delusive, delusory, dereistic,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • chimerical — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Of, relating to, or in the nature of an illusion; lacking reality: chimeric, delusive, delusory, dreamlike, hallucinatory, illusive, illusory, phantasmagoric, phantasmal, phantasmic, visionary. See REAL. 2.… …   English dictionary for students

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