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figment

[ fig-muhnt ]
/ ˈfɪg mənt /
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noun

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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Origin of figment

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin figmentum “something made or feigned,” equivalent to fig- (base of fingere “to mold, feign”) + -mentum -ment;see fiction
2. See fiction.
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British Dictionary definitions for figment

figment
/ (ˈfɪɡmənt) /

noun

a fantastic notion, invention, or fabricationa figment of the imagination
C15: from Late Latin figmentum a fiction, from Latin fingere to shape
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