Definition of figment in English:

figment

Syllabification: fig·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈfigmənt
 
/

noun

  • A thing that someone believes to be real but that exists only in their imagination: it really was Ross and not a figment of her overheated imagination
    More example sentences
    • The recent analysis, however, suggests that the events depicted were horrifyingly real and not figments of artists' imagination.
    • They were unpleasant sometimes, but no more so than being in this prison, and they seemed too real to be merely figments of his imagination.
    • So at first she did not even know if it was real or a figment of her imagination.
    Synonyms
    invention, creation, fabrication; hallucination, illusion, delusion, fancy, vision

Origin

late Middle English (denoting an invented statement or story): from Latin figmentum, related to fingere 'form, contrive'. Compare with feign and fiction. The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

More definitions of figment

Definition of figment in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody