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factoid

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Pronunciation: /ˈfaktɔɪd
 
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Definition of factoid in English:

noun

1An item of unreliable information that is reported and repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact: he addresses the facts and factoids which have buttressed the film’s legend
More example sentences
  • When does a piece of data go from being a factoid to being a fact?
  • I don't know whether this item is a fact, or a factoid.
  • There is another way to weigh this trend, however: maybe readers and viewers are not so much growing insular as searching for meaning in a vast universe of fact and factoid, and embracing a political bent is one way of organizing it.
1.1North American A brief or trivial item of news or information: how does the brain retain factoids that you remember from a history test at school?
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  • A repetitive set-top game called Search for the Spear of Destiny requires a beginner's level of dexterity, and delivers trivial lost-civilization factoids as reward cookies for successful play.
  • Billions of virus-like packets of little news factoids fly around the net, and people intercept packets that meet criteria of interest.
  • This is a fairly well-known factoid in alternative news media.

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