What does the word chimera mean?

Usage examples for chimera

  1. To conquer that country for himself is a wild chimera; to encourage revolt in favor of foreign princes is an exploded idea in the politics of that court. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. " The impossibility of reaching to the real beings plunged me into the land of chimera; and seeing nothing actual that rose to the height of my delirium, I nourished it in an ideal world, which my creative imagination had soon peopled with beings after my heart's desire. – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  3. You loved an unknown, a chimera. – Là-bas by J. K. Huysmans
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