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Thursday, July 31, 2003

Definitions for factitious

  1. Produced artificially, in distinction from what is produced by nature.
  2. Artificial; not authentic or genuine; sham.

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Citations for factitious
The extreme arbitrariness of this color in relation to the "real" colors of the human figure indicates that Picasso's initial analysis turned on a redesignation of the idea of local color, displacing it from the surfaces of the natural world to the wholly factitious veneers in the world of cultural artifacts. David Carrier, Art Journal
When a significant level of distrust evolves among segments of the public, for genuine or factitious reasons, police may be seen as "them" as opposed to the "us" of the general populace. Woody West, Insight on the News
Origin of factitious
1640-1650
Factitious comes from Latin facticius, "made by art, artificial," from the past participle of facere, "to make."