Definition of fictitious
- a fictitious concept
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The characters in the book are all fictitious.
She gave a fictitious address on the application.
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Fictitious is related to the Latin word ficticius, meaning "artificial" or "feigned." It was first used in English as an antonym for "natural." For instance, a fake diamond would be referred to as a fictitious one. This use indicates the word's deeper Latin roots. Ficticius is from Latin fingere, meaning "to shape, form, or devise." Nowadays, "fictitious" is no longer used for physical things shaped by the human hand. Rather, it is typically used for imaginative creations or for feigned emotions.
First Known Use: circa 1633See Words from the same year
chimerical (also chimeric), fabulous, fanciful, fantasied, fantastic (also fantastical), fictional, ideal, imaginal, imaginary, imagined, invented, made-up, make-believe, mythical (or mythic), notional, phantasmal, phantasmic, phantom, pretend, unreal, visionary;
: not true or real
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