Wednesday, September 22, 2004
confabulation noun [kon-FAB-yuh-lay-shuhn] Familiar talk; easy, unrestrained, unceremonious conversation.
Definitions for confabulation
- Familiar talk; easy, unrestrained, unceremonious conversation.
- (Psychology) A plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered.
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Citations for confabulation
Their sentiments were reflected neither in the elegant exchanges between the Viceroy and Secretary of State, nor in the unlovely confabulations between the Congress and the League managers.
Sigmund Freud, a stubborn, bullying interrogator of hysterical women, harangued his patients into building fantasies and traumas that fit into his grand narrative scheme, eliciting confabulations rather than actual memories.
Origin of confabulation
Confabulation comes from Late Latin confabulatio, from the past participle of Latin confabulari, "to talk together," from con-, "together, with" + fabulari, "to talk." It is related to fable, "a fiction, a tale," and to fabulous, "so incredible or astonishing as to resemble or suggest a fable."