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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something invented, made up, or fabricated: just a figment of the imagination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fabrication, fantasy, invention; something fictitious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An invention; a fiction; something feigned or imagined.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something feigned or imagined; an invention; a fiction.
  • n. In metaphysics, the opposite of a real thing; that the characters of which are arbitrary, depending on the thought of some particular person or persons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contrived or fantastic idea

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin figmentum, from fingere, to form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin figmentum ("anything made, a fiction"), from fingō ("make, form, feign"); see fiction, feign. (Wiktionary)

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