Definition of fictitious in English:

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Pronunciation: /fikˈtiSHəs/


1Not real or true, being imaginary or having been fabricated: she pleaded guilty to stealing thousands in taxpayer dollars by having a fictitious employee on her payroll
More example sentences
  • This must be a real, not a fictitious, intention, so it hardly arises in the case of a fraudster.
  • Ms Moore, the department and Downing Street issued blanket denials, claiming the e-mail was fabricated and fictitious.
  • Better to discover how science is in fact developed and learned than to fabricate a fictitious structure to a similar effect.
false, fake, fabricated, sham;
bogus, spurious, assumed, affected, adopted, feigned, invented, made up
informal pretend, phony
1.1Relating to or denoting the imaginary characters and events found in fiction: the people in this novel are fictitious; the background of public events is not
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  • The Curmudgeon is a satirical column based on fictitious characters in a mythical village.
  • It is about a West Coast Rugby team full of larger than life fictitious characters.
  • For the first time, the Indian Postal Services Department has issued a stamp on a fictitious character.



Pronunciation: /fikˈtiSHəslē/
Example sentences
  • And there's even evidence that some of them have gotten a degree and then gone to their employer and had their employer pay them back for tuition that they've spent, again, fictitiously.
  • Petrov, who was the commander of a flight in which 500 large packages of cigarettes were fictitiously exported to Greece, was charged with smuggling and held in custody.
  • Now well into its second season, Spooks has managed to attract the kind of attention that is usually reserved for the real life events that it fictitiously depicts.


Pronunciation: /fikˈtiSHəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • ‘There is no such thing as a work of pure factuality,’ writes Janet Malcolm, ‘any more than there is one of pure fictitiousness.’
  • As Hackett feels obliged to point out to the Endons, ‘I am scarcely the outer world’ thus ironically disputing a qualitative difference between different levels of fictitiousness within a work of fiction.
  • While Marvell, Browning, Eliot, etc. had based the genre of lyric around exploring the self-as-structure (its fictitiousness, its layeredness), poets were often being paid well to take the self seriously as an essential whole.


Early 17th century: from Latin ficticius (from fingere 'contrive, form') + -ous (see also -itious2).

Words that rhyme with fictitious

adventitious, Aloysius, ambitious, auspicious, avaricious, capricious, conspicuous, delicious, expeditious, factitious, flagitious, judicious, lubricious, malicious, Mauritius, meretricious, nutritious, officious, pernicious, propitious, repetitious, seditious, siliceous, superstitious, suppositious, surreptitious, suspicious, vicious

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Syllabification: fic·ti·tious

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