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.

Usage Examples:

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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