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Roget-categorie 515

4. Words relating to the intellectual faculties
4.7. Creative thought

#515. Imagination

zelfstandig naamwoord

warm imagination, heated imagination, excited imagination, sanguine imagination, ardent imagination, fiery imagination, boiling imagination, wild imagination, bold imagination, daring imagination, playful imagination, lively imagination, fertile imagination, fancy.
mind's eye —" such stuff as dreams are made of" [Tempest]. ideality, idealismromanticism, utopianism, castle-building.
dreamingphrensy, frenzyecstasy, extasycalenture etc. (delirium) 503reverie, tranceday dream, golden dreamsomnambulism.
conception, Vorstellung [G.], excogitation, a fine frenzy —" cloudland, dreamlandflight of fancy, fumes of fancythick coming fancies" [Macbeth]; creation of the brain, coinage of the brainimagery.
conceit, maggot, figment, myth, dream, vision, shadow, chimeraphantasm, phantasyfantasy, fancywhim, whimsey, whimsyvagary, rhapsody, romance, gest, geste, extravaganzaair drawn dagger, bugbear, nightmare.
flying Dutchman, great sea serpent, man in the moon, castle in the air, pipe dream, pie-in-the-sky, chateau en Espagne [Fr.]Utopia, Atlantis, happy valley, millennium, fairylandland of Prester John, kindgom of Micomiconwork of fiction etc. (novel) 594Arabian nightsle pot au lait [Fr.]dream of Alnashar etc. (hope) 858.
illusion etc. (error) 495phantom etc. (fallacy of vision) 443Fata Morgana etc. (ignis fatuus) [Lat.] 423vapor etc. (cloud) 353stretch of the imagination etc. (exaggeration) 549mythogenesis.
idealist, romanticist, visionarymopusromancer, dreamersomnambulistrhapsodist etc. (fanatic) 504castle-buildier, fanciful projector.


imagine, fancy, conceiveidealize, realizedream, dream of, dream upgive to airy nothing a local habitation and a give to airy nothing a local habitation and a name" [Midsummer Night's Dream]. create, originate, devise, invent, coin, fabricateimprovise, strike out something new.
set one's wits to workstrain one's invention, crack one's inventionrack one's brains, ransack one's brains, cudgel one's brainsexcogitatebrainstorm.
give play, give the reins, give a loose to the imagination, give fancyindulge in reverie.
visualize, envision, conjure up a visionfancy oneself, represent oneself, picture, picture-oneself, figure to oneselfvorstellen [G.].
float in the mindsuggest itself etc. (thought) 451.

bijvoeglijk naamwoord

imagined etc. v. — ben trovato [It]air drawn, airbuilt.
imagining etc. v., imaginativeoriginal, inventive, creative, fertile.
romantic, high flown, flighty, extravagant, fanatic, enthusiastic, unrealistic, Utopian, Quixotic.
ideal, unrealin the clouds, in nubibus [Lat.]unsubsantial etc. 4illusory etc. (fallacious) 495.
fabulous, legendarymythical, mythic, mythologicalchimericalimaginary, visionarynotionalfancy, fanciful, fantastic, fantasticalwhimsicalfairy, fairy-likegestic.


a change came o'er the spirit of my dream" [Byron]; aegri somnia vana [Lat.]dolphinum appingit sylvis in fluctibus dolphinum appingit sylvis in fluctibus aprum [Horace]; fancy light from fancy caught" [Tennyson]; imagination rules the world" [Napoleon]; l'imagination gallope [Fr.], le jugement ne va que le pas [Fr.]musaeo contingens cuncta lepore [Lat.] [Lucretius]; tous songes sont mensonges [Fr.]Wahrheil und Dichtung [G.].

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