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1. Created in the fancy; imaginary or unreal: a fanciful story.
2. Tending to indulge in fancy: a fanciful mind.
3. Showing invention or whimsy in design; imaginative. See Synonyms at fantastic.

fan′ci·ful·ly adv.
fan′ci·ful·ness n.
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Adv.1.fancifully - in a fanciful manner; "the Christmas tree was fancifully decorated"
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[ˈfænsɪflɪ] adv (see adj) → fantasticamente, in modo fantasioso
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(ˈfӕnsi) plural ˈfancies noun
1. a sudden (often unexpected) liking or desire. The child had many peculiar fancies.
2. the power of the mind to imagine things. She had a tendency to indulge in flights of fancy.
3. something imagined. He had a sudden fancy that he could see Spring approaching.
decorated; not plain. fancy cakes.
1. to like the idea of having or doing something. I fancy a cup of tea.
2. to think or have a certain feeling or impression (that). I fancied (that) you were angry.
3. to have strong sexual interest in (a person). He fancies her a lot.
ˈfanciful adjective
1. inclined to have fancies, especially strange, unreal ideas. She's a very fanciful girl.
2. imaginary or unreal. That idea is rather fanciful.
ˈfancifully adverb
fancy dress clothes representing a particular character, nationality, historical period etc: He went to the party in fancy dress; (also adjective)
a fancy-dress party.
take a fancy to
to become fond of, often suddenly or unexpectedly. They bought that house because they took a fancy to it.
take one's fancy
to be liked or wanted by (someone). When I go shopping I just buy anything that takes my fancy.
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References in classic literature ?
or, to put it fancifully, is there really such a thing as a former state of existence?
My mind ran fancifully on the possibilities of its containing manuscript, on the difficulties in translation that might arise, whether we should find coins and models in it, and so forth.
Nina interpreted the stories about the creche fancifully, and in spite of our derision she cherished a belief that Christ was born in Bohemia a short time before the Shimerdas left that country.
At first, as already told, she had flirted fancifully with her own image in a pool of water, beckoning the phantom forth, and -- as it declined to venture -- seeking a passage for herself into its sphere of impalpable earth and unattainable sky.
Evil had never yet existed; and sorrow, misfortune, crime, were mere shadows which the mind fancifully created for itself, as a shelter against too sunny realities; or, at most, but prophetic dreams to which the dreamer himself did not yield a waking credence.
He was a fine, haughty-looking savage, fancifully decorated, and mounted on a high-mettled steed, with gaudy trappings and equipments.
He loved her dearly, though perhaps rather ideally and fancifully than with the impassioned thoroughness of her feeling for him.
Some have great broad stone staircases leading down to the water, with heavy stone balustrades ornamented with statuary and fancifully adorned with creeping vines and bright-colored flowers--for all the world like a drop curtain in a theatre, and lacking nothing but long-waisted, high-heeled women and plumed gallants in silken tights coming down to go serenading in the splendid gondola in waiting.
He was unaware of her gaze, and she watched him intently, speculating fancifully about the strange warp of soul that led him, a young man with signal powers, to fritter away his time on the writing of stories and poems foredoomed to mediocrity and failure.
Thus tossing to and fro, they might have been fancifully compared to a splendid bunch of flowers, suddenly shaken by a puff of wind, which threatened to scatter the leaves of an old, brown, withered rose, on the same stalk with two dewy buds,--such being the emblem of the widow between her fair young bridemaids.
One of these deputies was magnificently arrayed in a buffalo robe, on which various figures were fancifully embroidered with split quills dyed red and yellow; and the whole was fringed with the slender hoofs of young fawns, that rattled as he walked.
Species and groups of species, which are called aberrant, and which may fancifully be called living fossils, will aid us in forming a picture of the ancient forms of life.