adjective fic·ti·tious \fik-ˈti-shəs\

: not true or real

Full Definition of FICTITIOUS

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of fiction :  imaginary
a :  conventionally or hypothetically assumed or accepted <a fictitious concept>
b of a name :  false, assumed
:  not genuinely felt
fic·ti·tious·ly adverb
fic·ti·tious·ness noun

Examples of FICTITIOUS

  1. The characters in the book are all fictitious.
  2. She gave a fictitious address on the application.


Latin ficticius artificial, feigned, from fictus
First Known Use: circa 1633

Synonym Discussion of FICTITIOUS

fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented. fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception <fictitious characters>. fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence <a land of fabulous riches>. legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition <the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett>. mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination <mythical creatures>. apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate <a book that repeats many apocryphal stories>.

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
FICTITIOUSLY Defined for Kids


adjective fic·ti·tious \fik-ˈti-shəs\

Definition of FICTITIOUS for Kids

:  not real <a fictitious country>


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