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Definition of figment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

figment

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfɪɡmənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪɡmənt//
 
 
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Word Origin late Middle English (denoting an invented statement or story): from Latin figmentum, related to fingere ‘form, contrive’. Compare with feign and fiction. The current sense dates from the early 17th cent.Idioms
a figment of somebody’s imagination
 
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something that somebody has imagined and that does not really exist Are you telling me that these symptoms are just a figment of my imagination?
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