V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: a purely imaginary thing, existing as a flight of imagination or fabrication
Synonyms: chimera, creation, fabrication, illusion, fancy
Tips: Figment is derived from the Latin figmentum, “formation, figure, creation." It's most commonly used as a critique, in the phrase "figment of your imagination." To use figment in a different context, without that common phrase, is a good way of intellectualizing it. Biographical and historical figments are invented or feigned stories.
The traveler rubbed his eyes, unsure if the distant campfire was merely a figment of his imagination. (fabrication, illusion)
Some movies temporarily portray figments of character's imaginations as reality. (fancy, creation)
Was that a figment, or did I just see my estranged brother. (chimera, illusion)
Either that was a very real-to-life figment, or I just saw a bald eagle flying outside our window. (fabrication, illusion)
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