- a mere product of mental invention; a fantastic notion: The noises in the attic were just a figment of his imagination.
- a feigned, invented, or imagined story, theory, etc.: biographical and historical figments.
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Examples from the Web for figment
But it turns out The Furies of Maidan is not a figment of his imagination.Want a Good Look at Putin’s Pervy Propaganda? See ‘The Furies of Maidan’
April 25, 2014
Equally divided consensus says: a figment of her imagination, or Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr.Feminist Flagellant: Liz Jones’s Surprising Brand of Tell-All
July 22, 2013
Despite aural evidence to the contrary, Mr. Bhatt, however, insisted the noise was a figment of my imagination.My Own Private Bollywood
Katherine Russell Rich
July 7, 2009
There is no permanent wise man except in the figment of the Stoics.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The starting-point, the nebula, is no figment of the scientific imagination.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
Maybe all this about being an FBI agent was just a figment of his imagination.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
Or is God but a phantom, and the Eternal Law but a figment of the imagination?No Compromise with Slavery
William Lloyd Garrison
The element of time is only a figment that clouds the question of right and deceives the borrower.Usury
- a fantastic notion, invention, or fabricationa figment of the imagination
Word Origin and History for figment
early 15c., from Latin figmentum "something formed or fashioned, creation," related to figura "shape" (see figure (n.)).