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confabulate

[kuh n-fab-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used without object), con·fab·u·lat·ed, con·fab·u·lat·ing.
  1. to converse informally; chat.
  2. Psychiatry. to engage in confabulation.

Origin of confabulate

1605–15; < Latin confābulātus (past participle of confābulārī to talk together), equivalent to con- con- + fābul(a) conversation (see fable) + -ātus -ate1
Related formscon·fab·u·la·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for confabulator

confabulate

verb (intr)
  1. to talk together; converse; chat
  2. psychiatry to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be trueSee also paramnesia
Derived Formsconfabulation, nounconfabulator, nounconfabulatory, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin confābulārī, from fābulārī to talk, from fābula a story; see fable
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Word Origin and History for confabulator

confabulate

v.

1610s, from confabulatus, past participle of Latin confabulari "to converse together," from com- "together" (see com-) + fabulari "to talk, chat," from fabula "a tale" (see fable). Psychiatric sense is from 1924.

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