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Definition a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possible;
or: a person with unusual powers of foresight;
or: not practical or realizable; speculative
  • You might be a loner or a visionary or a pessimist.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • And then Jackie Kennedy takes on the same visionary tone of her husband.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He looked at me for a moment, and his gaze was distant, visionary; it was the face of someone else.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • There might also be, say, a few visionaries: men above the immediacy of their time who could think historically.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Peking looks upon him as a visionary, a great patriot who works slavishly for Mother China, you might say a saint.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Such a visionary, and so...dead.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • He's a visionary, and he had a vision for what Duck Commander could be.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • You will now, without fear and with unfeigned pleasure, enter our visionary world.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • They were branded, however, as theorists, visionary idealists, purists, talkers of academic nonsense, weepers of crocodile tears.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • But of course we visionaries do rather get beaten.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He had deceived himself with his visionary schemes and "led his family into a state of living which I fear his means will not bear him out."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I made that wild escape into something visionary, and have slowly found out how wild it was.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • The first two groups — the Innovators and Early Adopters — are visionaries.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • So my report was about the threat of Communism, the Chinese Army, how MacArthur was a visionary, that Truman should have listened to him.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • He needed not to be philosopher, or visionary, but simply artificer.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • These three visionary characters possessed a mutual knowledge of the missing document.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • But the visionary little maid on her part, beckoned likewise, as if to say—"This is a better place; come thou into the pool."
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Shaking hands with a visionary middle-aged nobleman.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Forget visionary woe, and think only of real happiness!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But, however, I shall so far do justice to this part of the Academy, as to acknowledge that all of them were not so visionary.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels

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