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figment

[fig-muh nt] /ˈfɪg mənt/
noun
1.
a mere product of mental invention; a fantastic notion:
The noises in the attic were just a figment of his imagination.
2.
a feigned, invented, or imagined story, theory, etc.:
biographical and historical figments.
Origin of figment
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin figmentum something made or feigned, equivalent to fig- (base of fingere to mold, feign) + -mentum -ment
Synonyms
2. See fiction.
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figment

/ˈfɪɡmənt/
noun
1.
a fantastic notion, invention, or fabrication: a figment of the imagination
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin figmentum a fiction, from Latin fingere to shape
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Word Origin and History for figment
n.

early 15c., from Latin figmentum "something formed or fashioned, creation," related to figura "shape" (see figure (n.)).

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