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Fancy, subst. 1) the power of forming mental images, imagination: Tp. V, 59. LLL IV, 2, 129. Mids. V, 25. Wint. V, 3, 60. H5 III Chor. H5 III Chor. H8 IV, 2, 94. V, 1, 60 (when my f. is on the play == when I play with attention). Cor. II, 1, 216. Hml. V, 1, 204. Lr. IV, 2, 86. Ant. V, 2, 98. Ant. V, 2, 98 Per. III Prol. 13. V, 2, 20. With the article: “where we see the f. outwork nature,” Ant. II, 2, 206.
2) image, conception, a thought not founded on reason, but on imagination: Lucr. 450. Tp. IV, 122. Meas. IV, 1, 65. Ado III, 1, 95 (speaking my f. == speaking as I think). As IV, 3, 102. Shr. Ind. 1, 44. Tw. IV, 1, 66. Wint. II, 3, 119. III, 2, 182. H6A IV, 1, 178 (“that was but his f.).” H8 II, 3, 101. Mcb. III, 2, 9. V, 3, 38. Lr. I, 4, 348. Oth. IV, 2, 26.
3) fantasticalness: “this child of f. that Armado hight,” LLL I, 1, 171. “costly thy habit, but not expressed in f.” Hml. I, 3, 71.
4) liking, taste: “stones whose rates are either rich or poor, as f. values them,” Meas. II, 2, 151. “a f. that he hath to strange disguises,” Ado III, 2, 32. “unless he have a f. to this foolery,” Ado III, 2, 32 “to fit your --ies to your father's will,” Mids. I, 1, 118. “we must every one be a man of his own f.” All's IV, 1, 20. “very dear to f.” Hml. V, 2, 159 (i. e. to amateurs). “be as your --ies teach you,” Oth. III, 3, 88.
5) love: “a martial man to be soft --'s slave,” Lucr. 200. Pilgr. 214. Pilgr. 214 Ado III, 2, 31. Ado III, 2, 31 Mids. I, 1, 155. IV, 1, 168. Merch. III, 2, 63. Merch. III, 2, 63 Merch. III, 2, 63 As III, 5, 29. V, 4, 156. All's I, 1, 108. II, 3, 175. V, 3, 214. V, 3, 214 Tw. I, 1, 14. II, 4, 34. V, 397. Wint. IV, 4, 493. H6A V, 3, 91. Troil. IV, 4, 27. Oth. III, 4, 63. The abstr. for the concr.: “a reverend man towards this afflicted f. fastly drew,” Compl. 61. “what tributes wounded --ies sent me,” Compl. 61
6) a love-song, or a song in general? “sware they were his --ies or his good-nights,” H4B III, 2, 342. “an old hat and 'the humour of forty --ies' pricked in it for a feather,” Shr. III, 2, 70 (Nares: one part of the collection called Wit's Recreations, is entitled "Fancies and Fantastics." Another publication gives us, "Wits, Fits, and Fancies.")
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