chimerical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj chimerical produced by a wildly fanciful imagination "his Utopia is not a chimerical commonwealth but a practical improvement on what already exists"- Douglas Bush"
    • adj chimerical being or relating to or like a chimera "his Utopia is not as chimeric commonwealth but a practical improvement on what already exists"- Douglas Bush"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chimerical Pertaining to or of the nature of a chimera; wholly imaginary; unreal; fantastic.
    • chimerical Incapable of realization; fantastically imaginative; preposterous: as, chimerical ideas, notions, projects, or fancies.
    • chimerical Given to or entertaining chimeras or fantastic ideas or projects: as, a chimerical enthusiast; the work of a chimerical brain. Synonyms Wild, unfounded, vain, fantastic, delusive, visionary, utopian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Chimerical of the nature of a chimera: wild: fanciful
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Quotations

  • James Thomson
    James Thomson
    “That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. chimaira, a she-goat.

Usage

In literature:

It is possible, however, with the aid of our knowledge of static electricity, to arrive at hypotheses of a more than chimerical nature.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 455, September 20, 1884" by Various
Do you call this chimerical?
"Rousseau" by John Morley
Of all the chimerical ideas then afloat, this was the most chimerical.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
My object in this sermon is to show that common sense, as well as my text, declares that such an expectation is chimerical.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
Born in France, he had emigrated to this country, with the chimerical hope of speedily making a fortune.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
The supposition is chimerical.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
This wanton exercise of this power is not a chimerical suggestion of a heated brain.
"American Eloquence, Volume I. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
This plan was by no means so chimerical as at first glance it might seem to be.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
A chimerical animal, having the head and breast of a woman, and the body and legs of a bird.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
But he was careful not to express this hope to the others, who would doubtless have considered it chimerical.
"The Waif of the "Cynthia"" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
Not one of these dangers was chimerical.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
As an example of the chimerical, impossible and altogether undesirable, it commands admiration.
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
Were that affectionate sister's misgivings of her bachelor brother's intentions toward that wild-cat girl altogether chimerical, then?
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
This Fear is absolutely chimerical; never yet did a Person in a Fever die merely from Weakness.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
Her chimerical notions made her happy, and the cold naked truth would doubtless have made her unhappy.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. IV (of VI), "Adventures In The South" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
This journey to Leghorn was undertaken under the influence of chimerical ideas.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
At present it is chimerical, and we hesitate.
"The Siege of Mafeking (1900)" by J. Angus Hamilton
The undertaking seemed chimerical, even desperate.
"The Columbia River" by William Denison Lyman
The responsibility of the Executive so much talked of was chimerical.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which Framed the Constitution of the United States" by James Madison
As to the unpopularity of the innovation it was in his opinion chimerical.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States, Volume II (of 2)" by James Madison
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In poetry:

Let life grow richer by its cost to me,
Till hope, too strong for dream of weak despair,
Seize each momentous goal;
No monster of chimeric mystery,
Or fabled horror with its deathful stare,
Palsy my dauntless soul.
"Usury" by Albert Durrant Watson

In news:

Fears of ' Creeping Sharia' This chimerical battle in the culture war poses real dangers.
R&B singer-songwriter and music executive Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, in New York on Oct 12, 2012.
Scientists report on the development of engineered silkworms that express a synthetic spider silk protein and stably produce chimeric silk fibers that are stronger than parental silkworm silk fibers and as tough as spider dragline silk.
Meet Roku, Hex , and Chimero, the World's First Chimeric Rhesus Monkeys.
Give a Santa Cruzan a reason to don a costume and he or she will not disappoint—the chimerical and freakish are celebrated on the streets of downtown each Halloween in all their outlandish splendor.
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In science:

Goodness of fit tests for “chimeric” alternatives.
Goodness-of-fit tests via phi-divergences
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