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
Recent Examples of figment from the Web
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Soviet aggression in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America was by no means a figment of Mr. Brzezinki’s imagination.
Yet prejudice and fear still lead too many of us to dismiss mental illness as a character flaw or a figment of the imagination.
Naturally, many fans of the series have theorized that Diane isn’t real, and is more or less a comforting figment of Cooper’s imagination.
One tent has been sectioned off by pallets stood on end to make a kind of yard — a figment of normalcy complete with a little potted plant that, despite the chill and seemingly in defiance of the bleak setting, bursts with yellow blossoms.
Then another figment comes: a slave auction with Jones on the block, Southern belles fanning themselves in the crowd.
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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.
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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