Definition of figment in English:

figment

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪɡm(ə)nt
 
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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, production, creation, concoction, fabrication; hallucination, illusion, delusion, mirage, apparition, chimera, fancy, fiction, fable, falsehood, imagining, 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.

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