Fanal to Fantastic

(||Fa`nal") n. [F.] A lighthouse, or the apparatus placed in it for giving light.

(Fa*nat"ic) a. [L. fanaticus inspired by divinity, enthusiastic, frantic, fr. fanum fane: cf. F. fanatique. See Fane.] Pertaining to, or indicating, fanaticism; extravagant in opinions; ultra; unreasonable; excessively enthusiastic, especially on religious subjects; as, fanatic zeal; fanatic notions.

But Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast
To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last.
T. Moore.

(Fa*nat"ic), n. A person affected by excessive enthusiasm, particularly on religious subjects; one who indulges wild and extravagant notions of religion.

There is a new word, coined within few months, called fanatics, which, by the close stickling thereof, seemeth well cut out and proportioned to signify what is meant thereby, even the sectaries of our age.

Fanatics are governed rather by imagination than by judgment.

(Fa*nat"ic*al) a. Characteristic of, or relating to, fanaticism; fanatic. - Fa*nat"ic*al*ly, adv. Fa*nat"ic*al*ness, n.

(Fa*nat"i*cism) n. [Cf. Fanatism.] Excessive enthusiasm, unreasoning zeal, or wild and extravagant notions, on any subject, especially religion; religious frenzy.

Syn. — See Superstition.

(Fa*nat"i*cize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fanaticized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fanaticizing ] To cause to become a fanatic.

(Fan"a*tism) n. [Cf. F. fanatisme. Cf. Fanaticism.] Fanaticism. [R.] Gibbon.

(Fan"cied) a. [From Fancy, v. t.] Formed or conceived by the fancy; unreal; as, a fancied wrong.

(Fan"ci*er) n.

1. One who is governed by fancy. "Not reasoners, but fanciers." Macaulay.

2. One who fancies or has a special liking for, or interest in, a particular object or class or objects; hence, one who breeds and keeps for sale birds and animals; as, bird fancier, dog fancier, etc.

(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.

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

3. Curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress.

Gather up all fancifullest shells.

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

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