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- n. Dated form of fantasist.
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If I were a phantasist, it would be easy enough: but to be a phantasist is too simple for me -- those romantic gentlemen bring what they like from anywhere, to serve their ends.
The most loathsome and inexcusable instance in point is the "Vision of Annihilation" depicted by the vermicular, infested imagination of the great Teutonic phantasist while yet writhing under the sanguinary fumes of some horrid attack of nightmare.