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figment (noun) invention; something imagined as real but not real.
Used usually as part of the phrase, 'figment of imagination,' figment is something that a person imagines as real, but is not real. If you imagine that something has happened when it hasn't, the incident is a figment of your imagination. A person's complaint of a house being haunted by ghosts or spirits may just be a figment of their imagination; that is, they may be imagining the presence of ghosts and spirits, where there is none.
- Rationalists dismiss ghosts, spirits, and other such beings as figments of the imagination of people, but are ready to accept their existence if scientifically proved.
- Lonely travelers across deserts often talk of visions they had in their journey, but admit that they are the figments of their imagination, and not real.