[ fig-muh nt ]
/ ˈfɪg mənt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. fighting top,
  2. fighting word,
  3. fighting words,
  4. fightingly,
  5. figjam,
  6. figment of one's imagination,
  7. figueres,
  8. figuline,
  9. figural,
  10. figurally

Origin of figment

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin figmentum something made or feigned, equivalent to fig- (base of fingere to mold, feign) + -mentum -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for figment


/ (ˈfɪɡmənt) /


a fantastic notion, invention, or fabricationa figment of the imagination

Word Origin for figment

C15: from Late Latin figmentum a fiction, from Latin fingere to shape

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Word Origin and History for figment



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

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