Definition of confabulate
confabulationplay \kən-ˌfa-byə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
confabulatorplay \kən-ˈfa-byə-ˌlā-tər\ noun
confabulatoryplay \kən-ˈfa-byə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
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Examples of confabulate in a Sentence
an Alzheimer's support group in which caregivers can confabulate as well as commiserate
Did You Know?
Confabulate is a fabulous word for making fantastic fabrications. Given the similarities in spelling and sound, you might guess that "confabulate" and "fabulous" come from the same root, and they do - the Latin fabula, which means "conversation, story." Another "fabula" descendant that continues to tell tales in English is "fable." All three words have long histories in English: "fable" first appeared in writing in the 14th century, and "fabulous" followed in the 15th. "Confabulate" is a relative newcomer, appearing at the beginning of the 1600s.
Origin and Etymology of confabulate
Latin confabulatus, past participle of confabulari, from com- + fabulari to talk, from fabula story — more at fable
First Known Use: circa 1604
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