Definition of factoid
1 : an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print
2 : a briefly stated and usually trivial fact
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Examples of factoid in a Sentence
The book is really just a collection of interesting factoids.
Recent Examples of factoid from the Web
Its arguments range wide without going deep, but its factoids about the medical benefits of hanging out in a forest — and the cognitive costs of a noisy school or hospital — are fascinating and persuasive.
Still, there's one pop-culture factoid that's gone under the radar: a May 2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode that tackles sexual assault and reality television.
Many sources cite M.I. Gujral from India as the first to synthesize the drug (while looking for a malaria treatment), but that factoid is hard to prove.
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City officials attributed the factoid to an advisory board member who submitted the application.
Those two biographical factoids, though, are not why Adams is the subject of a lengthy profile today by reporters Rob Copeland and Peter Rudegeair.
The new family tree isn’t just a factoid for the kennel club.
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Did you know that Norman Mailer coined the word factoid?
We can thank Norman Mailer for the word factoid; he coined the term in his 1973 book Marilyn, about Marilyn Monroe. In the book, Mailer explains that factoids are "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority." In creating his coinage, Mailer relied on "-oid," a suffix that traces back to the ancient Greek word eidos, meaning "appearance" or "form." Mailer followed in a long tradition when he chose "-oid"; English speakers have been making words from "-oid" since at least the late 16th century.
First Known Use of factoid
FACTOID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of factoid for English Language Learners
: a brief and usually unimportant fact
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