Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

figment

[fig-muh nt] /ˈfɪg mənt/
noun
1.
a mere product of mental invention; a fantastic notion:
The noises in the attic were just a figment of his imagination.
2.
a feigned, invented, or imagined story, theory, etc.:
biographical and historical figments.
Origin of figment
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin figmentum something made or feigned, equivalent to fig- (base of fingere to mold, feign) + -mentum -ment
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for figment
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • 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 Calvin Elliott
  • A figment born from a figment; one fancy evolved from another; the shadow of a shadow.

  • To us here, Atlantis is only a figment, a shadow, far away across the waters.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for figment

figment

/ˈfɪɡmənt/
noun
1.
a fantastic notion, invention, or fabrication: a figment of the imagination
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin figmentum a fiction, from Latin fingere to shape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for figment
n.

early 15c., from Latin figmentum "something formed or fashioned, creation," related to figura "shape" (see figure (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for figment

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for figment

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for figment