Part of speech: noun

Something imagined or feigned; a fiction.

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Usage examples "figment":

  1. In the Middle Ages, though the complete ignorance of the classics, once imagined as prevailing, has been shown to be a figment, scarcely anybody could claim to be a scholar. - "A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)", George Saintsbury.
  2. It is true her responsibility was mainly a figment of her own brain, but its burden upon her was none the less heavy for that. - "Father Stafford", Anthony Hope.
  3. To do Emily Lester justice, her assumption of superiority was mainly a figment of Joanna's brain. - "Life's Little Ironies A set of tales with some colloquial sketches entitled A Few Crusted Characters", Thomas Hardy.