Definition of fictitious in US English:



  • 1Not real or true, being imaginary or having been fabricated.

    ‘she pleaded guilty to stealing thousands in taxpayer dollars by having a fictitious employee on her payroll’
    • ‘Respondents were asked to indicate which items were indeed the titles of real children's books as opposed to fictitious titles.’
    • ‘However, when used for purposes of assessing taxes, fictitious values do indeed become real ones.’
    • ‘She used four fictitious names on bogus loan applications to her company and pocketed the proceeds.’
    • ‘Ms Moore, the department and Downing Street issued blanket denials, claiming the e-mail was fabricated and fictitious.’
    • ‘Getting thrown out of it, preferably after signing in under a fictitious and assumed name, was always a local rite of passage.’
    • ‘We made some phone calls to our people in the north, and they all confirmed that this is a true story and it's not a fictitious story.’
    • ‘We do not use pretentious, fictitious terms for my establishment's beverages.’
    • ‘It is believed by historians of mathematics that this is entirely fictitious and was merely invented by the authors.’
    • ‘The company had sold funds for largely fictitious assets and had hired an actress to deliver a false audit report for investors.’
    • ‘Each group not only had to design the game, but invent a fictitious company, and determine their roles within it.’
    • ‘Grossly overvalued shares in these companies provided a fictitious tax base from employee stock options and capital gains.’
    • ‘In the last year, management tried to conceal the looming bankruptcy by the fictitious sale of the bank's real estate subsidiary.’
    • ‘Never cheat by inventing a fictitious cab driver with whom you argue.’
    • ‘After all, by inventing a fictitious past, success in overcoming it would seem to be guaranteed.’
    • ‘This must be a real, not a fictitious, intention, so it hardly arises in the case of a fraudster.’
    • ‘A new series of posters is making its appearance on the university campus, featuring fictitious sufferers of psychoses.’
    • ‘Better to discover how science is in fact developed and learned than to fabricate a fictitious structure to a similar effect.’
    • ‘Murphy was a fictitious freelancer Reynolds invented to extract some extra cash from the Irish Press.’
    • ‘Claims of working for the fictitious water board allowed bogus callers to steal from the home of an elderly Chelmsford resident.’
    • ‘Halfbakery is a communal database of original, fictitious inventions, edited by its users.’
    false, fake, counterfeit, fabricated, sham
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting the imaginary characters and events found in fiction.
      ‘the people in this novel are fictitious; the background of public events is not’
      • ‘Since this is a fictitious character, the authors depict him as they please.’
      • ‘This character could be fictitious and yet the story would have had the same powerful message.’
      • ‘The characters from the Dubois Chronicles are fictitious and are of my own creation.’
      • ‘It is set in a fictitious women's college in a wholly real Oxford, where a poison pen is causing increasing alarm and distress among students and staff.’
      • ‘The actual events and people portrayed in Equivocal Death are entirely fictitious.’
      • ‘I fused them into this fictitious character and improvised things about a second marriage my mother had.’
      • ‘It is about a West Coast Rugby team full of larger than life fictitious characters.’
      • ‘Spearman is a fictitious character, the hero of a series of murder mysteries written by Marshall Jevons.’
      • ‘Memorials are built for great human beings and not for fictitious characters.’
      • ‘It's a two-hour fictitious psychological thriller that has real elements to it.’
      • ‘It's crucial, nonetheless, to draw the distinction between fictitious creatures and real human beings.’
      • ‘Like the other expansion packs, there's a fictitious near-future story behind Thunder.’
      • ‘We spend a lot of time in this electronic community, but do we ever stop to think whether this community is real or fictitious?’
      • ‘Our entirely fictitious character begins his work day, as many of us do, by opening his email client and checking for new messages.’
      • ‘Even though the character is completely fictitious, it always retains some of the qualities of the player.’
      • ‘For the first time, the Indian Postal Services Department has issued a stamp on a fictitious character.’
      • ‘The Curmudgeon is a satirical column based on fictitious characters in a mythical village.’
      • ‘I always think it's kind of neat to take some past historical event and tweak it into a fictitious story.’
      • ‘The process he describes is historical though the characters who bring the process to life are fictitious.’
      fictional, imaginary, imagined, invented, made up, make-believe, unreal, non-existent, mythical, storybook, apocryphal
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Early 17th century: from Latin ficticius (from fingere ‘contrive, form’) + -ous (see also -itious).