figment


figment
figment early 15c., from L. figmentum "something formed or fashioned, creation," related to figura "shape" (see FIGURE (Cf. figure) (n.)).

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  • Figment — Fig ment, n. [L. figmentum, fr. fingere to form, shape, invent, feign. See {Feign}.] An invention; a fiction; something feigned or imagined. [1913 Webster] Social figments, feints, and formalism. Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] It carried rather an …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Figment — (v. lat.), Erdichtetes …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Figmént — (lat.), Abbildung; Erdichtung …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • figment — I noun canard, chimera, concoction, creation of the mind, deception, delusion, fabrication, falsehood, falsification, fancy, fantasy, feigned story, fiction, fiction of the mind, flight of fancy, hallucination, idle fancy, illusion, imagined… …   Law dictionary

  • figment — fabrication, fable, *fiction Analogous words: *fancy, fantasy, dream, daydream, nightmare: invention, creation (see corresponding verbs at INVENT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • figment — [n] creation in one’s mind bubble*, castle in the air*, chimera, daydream, dream, fable, fabrication, falsehood, fancy, fantasy, fiction, illusion, improvisation, invention, lie, nightmare, production; concept 529 Ant. reality …   New thesaurus

  • figment — ► NOUN ▪ a thing believed to be real but existing only in the imagination. ORIGIN Latin figmentum, related to fingere form, contrive …   English terms dictionary

  • figment — [fig′mənt] n. [ME < L figmentum < fingere, to form: see DOUGH] something merely imagined or made up in the mind …   English World dictionary

  • Figment — The noun figment may also refer to:* Figment, an annual participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor * Figment, a small purple dragon (Disney character) …   Wikipedia

  • figment — [[t]fɪ̱gmənt[/t]] figments PHRASE: Ns inflect, usu v link PHR If you say that something is a figment of someone s imagination, you mean that it does not really exist and that they are just imagining it. The attack wasn t just a figment of my… …   English dictionary


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