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factoid

[fak-toid] /ˈfæk tɔɪd/
noun
1.
an insignificant or trivial fact.
2.
something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is presented as fact, devised especially to gain publicity and accepted because of constant repetition.
Origin
1973
1973; fact + -oid
Related forms
factoidal, adjective
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Examples for factoid
  • If you know some factoid about bacteria in bathrooms, you know it from these studies.
  • But that's more of an interesting factoid than an important contribution to the argument, given all the fuzziness elsewhere.
  • In addition, the factoid promoting resiliency will also be discussed.
British Dictionary definitions for factoid

factoid

/ˈfæktɔɪd/
noun
1.
a piece of unreliable information believed to be true because of the way it is presented or repeated in print
Word Origin
C20 (coined by Norman Mailer): from fact + -oid
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Word Origin and History for factoid
factoid
1973, from fact + -oid, first explained, if not coined, by Norman Mailer.
"Factoids ... that is, 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." [N. Mailer, "Marilyn," 1973]
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Slang definitions & phrases for factoid

factoid

noun

A presumed fact of dubious validity; a popular assumption or belief: Of the eight factoids pertaining to the present Administration/ a paragraph, part human interest, part factoid

Related Terms

-oid

[1970s+; fr fact plus -oid]


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