What does the word figment mean?

Usage examples for 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) by 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 by 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 by Thomas Hardy