Middle English Dictionary Entry

fantasīe n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) One of the mental 'faculties' or 'bodily wits', variously classified in scholastic psychology and literary tradition as to its supposed location in the brain and its functions, whether the imagined apprehension and recall of sensory data, the formation of delusive images or ideas, musing about the past or speculation about the future, the devising of works of art, etc.; the imagination (in various of its functions); also, the supposed seat of this faculty; (b) the operation of this faculty; the use of the imagination (in various of its functions).
(a) A mental image or a notion produced by fantasie; (b) a deluded notion or false supposition; an unfounded speculation or suspicion; hence, untruth, a lie.
(a) A projection of deluded or illusory imagination, a figment of the imagination; an appearance not having reality, an apparition, a phantom; (b) a product of the creative imagination or fancy; an artistic or artful creation.
(a) Preference or liking as directed by caprice rather than reason; arbitrary inclination; after (one's) fantasie; (b) inclination or desire (to do something); (c) liking (for a person).
Amorous fancy or desire; longing; loves ~.

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  • a1425 St.Anthony (Roy 17.C.7)121/31 : Anon after, not in fantasse, he sayd, he saw a grete weg of masse golde.
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  • a1450 Eagle Magic in Tul.SE 22 (Add 34111)27/81 : Do bere þe klows of þe Egle, and þei kepen from alle maner of euille and fantasie and from all noyauntz.
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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. fantasy.