One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1formal Engage in conversation; talk.‘she could be heard on the telephone confabulating with someone’
talk, speak, chat, have a conversation, have a talk, have a discussion, discourseView synonyms
- ‘Since the story broke, six staffers, including two senior editors, have spent more than 6,000 man hours attending commission hearings, and confabulating with as many as 12 lawyers.’
- ‘Some people purchased them, and, when asked why, were quite ready to volunteer one confabulated answer or another.’
- ‘Chances are, you can get a large percentage of your family members confabulating with you on something that simply couldn't have happened, given that Bugs Bunny is a Warner Brothers character.’
- ‘Broken cultures therapeutically confabulate, mythologise former ways of life, and fight off meaninglessness by shoring up crumbling identities.’
- ‘This was confabulated into Christian mythology, the converted Norse intertwining the character with one of the first saints of the region, Saint Nicholas.’
Fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory.‘she has lapses in attention and concentration—she may be confabulating a little’
- ‘R. has come a long way but she still confabulates and struggles with short-term memory loss.’
- ‘Does the person fumble, confabulate, get defensive and angry, etc.’
- ‘Why the brain stimulates and confabulates just the memories it does remains a mystery, though there are several plausible explanations.’
- ‘Neuropsychological evidence points towards our tendency to confabulate stories that we believe to be true in order to fit together disparate pieces of information.’
- ‘People who confabulate experience their false memories as true.’
Early 17th century: from Latin confabulat- ‘chatted together’, from the verb confabulari, from con- ‘together’ + fabulari (from fabula ‘fable’).
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