Thursday, July 31, 2003
factitious adjective [fak-TISH-uhs] Produced artificially, in distinction from what is produced by nature.
Definitions for factitious
- Produced artificially, in distinction from what is produced by nature.
- 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.
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.
Origin of factitious
Factitious comes from Latin facticius, "made by art, artificial," from the past participle of facere, "to make."