fabrication

noun
fab·​ri·​ca·​tion | \ ˌfa-bri-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce fabrication (audio) \

Definition of fabrication

1 : the act or process of fabricating
2 : a product of fabrication especially : lie, falsehood

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Examples of fabrication in a Sentence

her claim that she had been a nurse during the war proved to be a total fabrication the notion that the Colossus of Rhodes could straddle the harbor was a fabrication of medieval writers Eric Jennings, vice president and men's fashion director, Saks Fifth Avenue: “I'm excited by the dichotomy between ‘experimental’ and ‘wearable’ design in Milan this season. The collections have struck a wonderful chord between art and commerce, from the dark and daring of Neil Barrett to the fabric innovations of Ermenegildo Zegna, we've seen something here in Milan for all our customers. I've been especially inspired by the focus on ‘bleisure’ dressing this season: the seamless transition from business to leisure. I think this is really something American men are looking for right now. I'm also inspired by the use of technical fabrications and athletic details being utilized in clothing as well as sportswear. I think these innovations will definitely resonate with our customer.” —WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY(WWD) [NEXIS], June 23, 2010, Buyers Note Color, Wearability …, BYLINE: Emilie Marsh : Jean Scheidnes : Luisa Zargani; - with contributions by DAVIDE MAESTRI Unfortunately, there is little else about the Sixties that historians agree on, including when the era (as an ethos) began, when it ended, and what it ultimately meant. But they do concur that it was a most unusual and unusually significant decade in the nation’s evolution. Now, however, comes The Sixties Unplugged, by Gerard J. DeGroot, which rather defiantly interprets the decade’s prominence as more fabrication than fact, whose most salient feature was its lack of “coherent logic.” —“The Long Goodbye” P. 81, Arthur Krystal, HARPER’S MAGAZINE Vol. 317 No. 1901, October 2008 Mr. Roy said you weren’t allowed to write “fabrications” about the other candidates. So I told Mr. Roy that the thing about the head lice was true, and how it practically closed down the whole school when it happened. —“September” P. 48, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, Jeff Kinney, Amulet Books, 2007 But it was only last year, after the Jayson Blair scandal rocked the New York Times, that Kelley's bosses took such concerns seriously. A preliminary probe this winter elicited only more deception from Kelley, who, it emerged, had asked acquaintances to pose as sources to corroborate his fictions. Kelley quit after that came to light, saying he was persecuted. The newspaper then began a more thorough investigation. A panel that included outside editors such as John Seigenthaler told staff gathered in the First Amendment dining room at USA Today headquarters near Washington last week that it had found evidence of fabrication in at least eight of Kelley’s best-known stories and nearly two dozen instances of blatant plagiarism. —“Notebook” P. 20, Douglas Waller, TIME Vol. 163 No. 13, March 29, 2004 But various Blair articles were eventually exposed, first as plagiarism, and eventually as outright fabrications, and in May 2003 Blair resigned —“Troubled Times” P. 13, Timothy Noah, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, December 26, 2004 A Liberian government spokesman denies all accusations about trading in illicit diamonds as "pure fabrication." —"In Search Of Hot Rocks" P. 32, Tom Masland, NEWSWEEK Vol. CXXXVI No. 2, July 10, 2000 He hasn't published self-conscious fabrications, like The Boston Globe, or, ahem, The New Republic. He's far more likely to be accurate than the talking heads on television. He does piggyback on others' stories, but he doesn't plagiarize them. —"TRB From Washington" P. 10, Andrew Sullivan, THE NEW REPUBLIC Vol. 223 No. 18, October 30, 2000
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Avoiding Warplane Hell The central question of the Pentagon's CDR process is determining whether a program is mature enough to dive into the deep end of full-scale fabrication and testing. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New U.S. Secret Bomber Program Passes Critical Design Review," 6 Dec. 2018 Design By Terrain services include wedding design, holiday decorating, poolside styling, custom fountain fabrication, kitchen gardens, and container design, among other options. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Terrain's Westport Store Is Basically Plant Heaven," 18 Mar. 2019 Most of the public evangelical response to the allegations against Kavanaugh rests on the idea that Kavanaugh is innocent, and that Ford’s allegations are either a fabrication, exaggeration, or a case of mistaken identity. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Poll: 48% of white evangelicals would support Kavanaugh even if the allegations against him were true," 27 Sep. 2018 People bought flatware made overseas, made of cheaper materials requiring less skilled fabrication. Michael Stilwell, Popular Mechanics, "Made in the USA: One Awesome Thing Built in Each State," 29 June 2017 Working with Woolmark gave me the opportunity to try my hand at new fabrications that are sustainable. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brandon Maxwell Pivots to Activewear for the Woolmark Prize," 15 Feb. 2019 But now he's accompanied by, among others, an overdosing heroin addict, a woman beaten to death by her cop partner, and a woman who turned out to not really exist at all when the travelers discover her life story was a fabrication. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Get your binge on: Season 3 of sci-fi gem Travelers is out now," 14 Dec. 2018 Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. Emily Stewart, Vox, "“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent”: Trump changes his story on Russia meeting," 5 Aug. 2018 The issue is that all lenses have imperfections, called aberrations, even if the fabrication is absolutely perfect. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Metamaterial-equipped endoscope reveals your innermost secrets," 4 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of fabrication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fabrication

Middle English fabricacionne, borrowed from Latin fabricātiōn-, fabricātiō, from fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at fabricate

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fabrication

noun
fab·​ri·​ca·​tion | \ ˌfab-ri-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce fabrication (audio) \

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