Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being fictitious; feigned representation.
- n. The state of being fictitious.
- fictitious + -ness (Wiktionary)
“For those who make the objects of mathematics alone exist apart from sensible things, seeing the difficulty about the Forms and their fictitiousness, abandoned ideal number and posited mathematical.”
“Fortunes by Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall, who point out the fictitiousness of the distinction of domestic (private) and business (public) worlds, and also the gendering of that polarity -- "public was not really public and private not really private" (quoted 131) -- responsibilities of a middle-class woman included the staging of social-class status, in part by the display of stage props including the Keepsake with its fake imagery of privacy.”
“That ours is a pseudo-existence, and that all appearances in it partake of its essential fictitiousness --”
“When it became apparent to the cleverest of them that no such superhuman guidance existed, and that their secularist systems had all the fictitiousness of "revelation" without its poetry, there was no escaping the conclusion that all the good that man had done must be put down to his arbitrary will as well as all the evil he had done; and it was also obvious that if progress were”
“He threw fictitiousness into his very gait, even now, when there was nobody to see him, and struck at stems of wild parsley with his regimental switch as he had used to do when soldiering was new to him, and life in general a charming experience.”
“The scow episode is really a sublime burst of invention; but it does not thrill, because the inaccuracy of the details throws a sort of air of fictitiousness and general improbability over it.”
“The fictitiousness of such conceptions is quite too evident.”
“Thus, some make comedy a representation of mean and others of bad men; some think that its essence consists in the unimportance, others in the fictitiousness of the transaction.”
“I also have every right to expose him and disseminate the truth behind his fictitiousness.”
“The object is listed on eBay with that tall tale as its descriptor (its fictitiousness is plainly stated).”
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