Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division I.Formation of Ideas
Section VII.Creative Thought
(Phrases). A rough guess; a lucky shot.
(Verbs). To suppose, conjecture, surmise, guess, divine, theorise, give a guess, make a shot, hazard a conjecture, throw out a conjecture, etc., presuppose, fancy, wis, take it, dare to say, take it into one's head, assume, postulate, posit, presume, presurmise.
To suggest, hint, insinuate, put forth, propound, propose, start, allude to, prompt, put a case, move, make a motion.
(Phrase). To put if into one's head.
To suggest itself, occur to one, come into one's head; to run in the head; to haunt 505.
(Phrase). "Thereby hangs a tale."
(Adjectives). Supposing, etc., supposed, supposititious, suppositive, putative, suggestive, allusive, conjectural, presumptive, hypothetical, theoretical, warranted, authorised, given, fair, reasonable, just, natural, conjecturable, supposable.
Unwarranted, gratuitous, baseless, wild, hazardous, rash, untenable, extravagant, unreasonable, unauthorised, unsatisfactory, loose, vague, unconnected.
(Adverbs). If, if so be, an, maybe, perhaps, on the supposition, ex hypothesi, quasi.
(Phrases). Flight of fancy; fumes of fancy; fine frenzy; thick-coming fancies; coinage of the brain; the mind's eye; castle-building; a stretch of imagination; "such stuff as dreams are made on."
Invention, inventiveness, originality, fertility, conceit, maggot, figment, coinage, fiction, romance, novel 594, myth, Arabian Nights, fairyland, the man in the moon, dream, day-dream, vapour, phantom, phantasy, fantasia, whim, whimsy, vagary, rhapsody, extravaganza, air-drawn dagger, bugbear, men in buckram, castle in the air, air-built castle, castle in Spain, will-o'-the-wisp, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern, Utopia, Atlantis, millennium, fata Morgana 443.
A visionary, romancer, rhapsodist, high-flyer, enthusiast, idealist, energumen, dreamer, seer, fanatic, knight-errant, Don Quixote.
(Verbs). To imagine, fancy, conceive, ideate, idealise, realise, objectify; fancy or picture to oneself; create, originate, devise, invent, coin, fabricate, make up, mint.
(Phrases). To take into one's head; to figure to oneself; to strain or crack one's invention; to strike out something new; to give a loose to the fancy; to give the reins to the imagination; to set one's wits to work; to rack or cudgel one's brains.
(Adjectives). Imagining, imagined, etc.; ideal, unreal, unsubstantial, imaginary, in nubibus, fabulous, fictitious, ben trovato, fanciful, air-drawn, air-built, original, fantastic, fantastical, whimsical, high-flown.
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