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noun fig·ment \ˈfig-mənt\

Simple Definition of figment

  • : something produced by the imagination : something that does not really exist

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of figment

  1. :  something made up or contrived

Examples of figment in a sentence

  1. <unable to find any tracks in the snow the next morning, I was forced to conclude that the shadowy figure had been a figment of my imagination>

  2. <thus far, the invisible human being has been nothing more than a figment of fantasy writers>



Did You Know?

A figment is something formed from imaginary elements. Daydreams are figments; nightmares are figments that can seem very real. Most figments are everyday fears and hopes about small things that turn out to be imaginary. But when the radio play "The War of the Worlds" aired in 1938, it caused a panic among thousands of people who didn't realize the Martian invasion was just a figment of the author's imagination.

Origin and Etymology of figment

Middle English, from Latin figmentum, from fingere to shape — more at dough


First Known Use: 15th century



FIGMENT Defined for Kids

figment

noun fig·ment \ˈfig-mənt\

Definition of figment for Students

  1. :  something imagined or made up <I thought I saw her, but it must have been a figment of my imagination.>




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