V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a purely imaginary thing, existing as a flight of imagination or fabrication

Synonyms: chimera, creation, fabrication, illusion, fancy

Antonyms: reality

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.

Usage Examples:

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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