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[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.
a fantastic notion, invention, or fabrication: a figment of the imagination

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


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