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[fig-muh nt] /ˈfɪg mənt/
a mere product of mental invention; a fantastic notion:
The noises in the attic were just a figment of his imagination.
a feigned, invented, or imagined story, theory, etc.:
biographical and historical figments.
Origin of figment
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin figmentum something made or feigned, equivalent to fig- (base of fingere to mold, feign) + -mentum -ment
2. See fiction. Unabridged
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  • She tells her father, but he thinks it a figment of her imagination and that she is spending too much time with the strange loner.
  • Those ubiquitous smartphones are not a figment of your imagination.
  • According to their view, free will is a figment of our imagination.
  • It could be a figment of the collective imagination of the world's amateur satellite trackers.
  • Thus, the dreaded phantom of swamping by large retailers, is a figment of political imagination.
  • Regardless of your thoughts on the matter, time is not a figment of human imagination.
  • The country is ruined and divided, its state a figment.
  • As it turns out, the role is but a figment within a moody and hackneyed yarn.
  • But from a balloon all that seems insignificant, even a figment of the imagination.
  • The investment that sounds so good may be a figment of their imagination, or they may be paid to promote it.
British Dictionary definitions for figment


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

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

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