figment figment  /ˈfɪɡ mɪnt/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a contrived or fantastic idea

Usage(s):

  1. Yeti or big foot is nothing but a figment of our imaginations.
  2. Global warming is not just some figment of a far-fetched computer model but a real threat that could spell disaster for all life on earth during the next century?

News

  • Chattanoogan.com - Chattanooga's source for breaking local news

    Don't have much time this weekend, so I'll just address my biggest pet peeve so far this season. Felix Falcon. Phenom? Figment of my imagination? Braves' shape-shifting left-hander? He is 4-0 for the DSL Braves, and nowhere do we have his height or weight or hometown.
    on July 6, 2013     Source: The Chattanoogan

Quotes

  1. "It's not just a figment of your imagination," Obama said at a Virginia town-hall event focused on helping women advance economically. "Let's be clear. This economic downturn is not in your head."
    on Jul 9, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Nearly half of those pleaded guilty, so this is not some figment of the imagination," said Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
    on Apr 13, 2008 By: Jacqui Smith Source: Dispatch Online

  3. "It's a hard pill to swallow," Palmer said. "All of a sudden, I'll sit at home and watch it on television and think, `You know, I could have done that better.' This is realistic. This is not a figment of my imagination. And that's hard .........
    on Apr 4, 2007 By: Arnold Palmer Source: Sun-Sentinel.com

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