Word of the Day : June 12, 2020

fictitious

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adjective fik-TISH-us

Definition

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of fiction : imaginary

2 a :男女色啪网站-**啪网站 conventionally or hypothetically assumed or accepted

b of a name : false, assumed

3 : not genuinely felt

Did You Know?

Fictitious is related to the Medieval Latin word fictīcius, meaning "artificial," "imaginary," "feigned," or "fraudulent." It was first used in English as an antonym for natural. For instance, a fake diamond would be referred to as a fictitious one. This use indicates the word's deeper Latin roots: fictīcius is from the Latin verb fingere, meaning "to mold, fashion, make a likeness of; pretend to be." Nowadays, fictitious is no longer used for physical things shaped by the human hand. Rather, it is typically used for imaginative creations or for feigned emotions.


Examples

"'Outbreak' follows a team of U.S. Army medical researchers as they struggle to contain a fictitious disease, dubbed the Motaba virus, that's quickly spreading in a California town. In the film, they're successful in halting it in its tracks." —

"Forensic auditors released details of their findings at the last regular trustee meeting, noting that more than $14 million was mismanaged…. About $600,000 was spent on lavish travel by former administrators and on payments to what appears to be a fictitious vendor." —



Word Family Quiz

What descendant of Latin fingere refers to a crudely made figure representing a hated person?


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