Definition of figment
: something made up or contrived
Examples of figment in a sentence
<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>
<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 English Language Learners
Definition of figment for English Language Learners
: something produced by the imagination : something that does not really exist
FIGMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of figment for Students
: something imagined or made up I thought I saw her, but it must have been a figment of my imagination.
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