V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: unrealizable, wild, foolish creation of the imagination--mental illusion or idle fabrication
Synonyms: delusion, fabrication, illusion, figment [of imagination], apparition
Antonyms: reality, truth
Tips: Chimera refers to any type of illusion or figment of one's imagination, whether literal, like a ghost or phantom, or figurative. Chimera can describe a person who is believed to be something he or she is not.
Some modern artists are able to paint fantasy scenes that may be chimera, but are incredibly beautiful. (fabrication, illusion)
I choose to believe that achieving fame and fortune is not just a chimera. (delusion, illusion)
Your belief that you will someday be the President of this company is just chimera, because I don't think it'll ever happen for you. (delusion, figment of your imagination)
Janet was very excited about meeting the celebrity, but when he turned out to be a jerk, she realized that her fantastic image of him was just chimera. (illusion, delusion)
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