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The Appian Way as it appeared in Piranesi's imagination (1756), from Le Antichità Romane, fanciful figment or scientific illustration?
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The Appian Way as it appeared in Piranesi's imagination (1756), from Le Antichità Romane, fanciful figment or scientific illustration?

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  1. The imagination; an imagined image.
    The film rose from Stephen's fancy.
  2. A whim.
    I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.
  3. Love or amorous attachment.
    He took a fancy to her.
  4. Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
    Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.
  5. The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.
    He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.

Etymology

Fancy arises in late Middle English as a contraction of fantasy. From Old French and Early French fantasie, itself from the Late Latin fantasia, which originated from the Greek Phantazein (phan. to render visible). Related words include diaphanous (transparent), epiphany (manifestation).

The noun Fancy can usually still be replaced with the older word fantasy without any change of meaning.

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