- not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived: factitious laughter; factitious enthusiasm.
- made; manufactured: a decoration of factitious flowers and leaves.
Origin of factitious
Examples from the Web for factitious
What is this farcical, factitious glamour that will not bear the light of day?Dreamers of the Ghetto
It was a factitious strength, the restlessness of incipient insanity.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
He was in that state of factitious discontent which belongs to us amiable English.Stories of Comedy
In these cases, it is not merely that everything is exaggerated, but everything is factitious.Tancred
Indeed it has created a factitious interest in da Vinci's masterwork.The Merry-Go-Round
Carl Van Vechten
- artificial rather than naturalfactitious demands created by the mass media
- not genuine; shamfactitious enthusiasm
Word Origin and History for factitious
1640s, from Latin factitius "artificial," from factus, past participle of facere "do" (source of French faire, Spanish hacer), from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (cf. Sanskrit dadhati "puts, places;" Avestan dadaiti "he puts;" Old Persian ada "he made;" Hittite dai- "to place;" Greek tithenai "to put, set, place;" Lithuanian deti "to put;" Polish dziać się "to be happening;" Russian delat' "to do;" Old High German tuon, German tun, Old Saxon, Old English don "to do;" Old Frisian dua, Old Swedish duon, Gothic gadeths "a doing;" Old Norse dalidun "they did").
- Produced artificially rather than by a natural process.