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manufacture; something fabricated; an untruthful statement: His alibi was a total fabrication.
Not to be confused with:
fib – a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood: He meant no harm; it was only a fib.
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tr.v. fab·ri·cat·ed, fab·ri·cat·ing, fab·ri·cates
1. To make; create.
2. To construct by combining or assembling diverse, typically standardized parts: fabricate small boats.
3. To concoct in order to deceive: fabricated a convincing excuse.

[Middle English fabricaten, from Latin fabricārī, fabricāt-, to make, from fabrica, craft; see fabric.]

fab′ri·ca′tion n.
fab′ri·ca′tion·al adj.
fab′ri·ca′tor n.
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(ˌfæb rɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

1. the act or process of fabricating; manufacture.
2. something fabricated, esp. an untruthful statement.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fabrication - a deliberately false or improbable accountfabrication - a deliberately false or improbable account
falsehood, untruth, falsity - a false statement
canard - a deliberately misleading fabrication
2.fabrication - writing in a fictional form
authorship, penning, writing, composition - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
3.fabrication - the act of making something (a product) from raw materialsfabrication - the act of making something (a product) from raw materials; "the synthesis and fabrication of single crystals"; "an improvement in the manufacture of explosives"; "manufacturing is vital to Great Britain"
creating from raw materials - the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it
formation, shaping - the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
newspeak - deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language use to mislead and manipulate the public; "the welfare state brought its own newspeak"
prefabrication - the manufacture of sections of a building at the factory so they can be easily and rapidly assembled at the building site
4.fabrication - the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)fabrication - the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)
construction, building - the act of constructing something; "during the construction we had to take a detour"; "his hobby was the building of boats"
5.fabrication - the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
fibbing, paltering - a trivial act of lying or being deliberately unclear
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1. forgery, lie, fiction, myth, fake, invention, fable, concoction, falsehood, figment, untruth, porky (Brit. slang), fairy story (informal), pork pie (Brit. slang), cock-and-bull story (informal) She described the interview with her as a 'complete fabrication'.
2. manufacture, production, construction, assembly, erection, assemblage, building More than 200 improvements were made in the design and fabrication of the shuttle.
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تَلْفيقكِذْبَه، قِصَّه مُلَفَّقَه
framleiîslatilbúningur, uppspuni


[ˌfæbrɪˈkeɪʃən] N
1. (= manufacture) → fabricación f
2. (fig) → invención f; [of document, evidence] → falsificación f
the whole thing is a fabricationtodo es pura invención or un cuento
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[ˌfæbrɪˈkeɪʃən] n
(= invented story) → invention f
(= manufacture) → fabrication ffabric conditioner fabric softener nadoucissant m, assouplissant mfabric ribbon n (for typewriter)ruban m
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(= act of inventing)Erfindung f; (of evidence, confession) → Fälschung f; (= story invented)Erfindung f, → Lügenmärchen nt; it’s (a) pure fabricationdas ist ein reines Märchen or (eine) reine Erfindung
(= manufacture)Herstellung f, → Fabrikation f
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[ˌfæbrɪˈkeɪʃn] nfabbricazione f
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(ˈfӕbrikeit) verb
to make up something that is not true (a story, accusation etc). to fabricate an excuse.
ˌfabriˈcation noun
1. a lie. Your account of the accident was a complete fabrication.
2. the act of fabricating.
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"But consider, brother, said the curate once more, "there never was any Felixmarte of Hircania in the world, nor any Cirongilio of Thrace, or any of the other knights of the same sort, that the books of chivalry talk of; the whole thing is the fabrication and invention of idle wits, devised by them for the purpose you describe of beguiling the time, as your reapers do when they read; for I swear to you in all seriousness there never were any such knights in the world, and no such exploits or nonsense ever happened anywhere."
The platform, as well as the caves of the house, were surmounted by gaudily painted railings, and the genius of Hiram was exerted in the fabrication of divers urns and mouldings, that were scattered profusely around this part of their labors.
Mere bald fabrication is useless; the veriest tyro can manage that.
He ran over the violent speech the cub reporter had constructed for him, and, though at first he was angered by the fabrication, in the end he tossed the paper aside with a laugh.
'Tis wicked fabrication of the whites, and I say it to the shame of my color that would make the warrior bow down before images of his own creation.
The villagers were worked up into a state of fear bordering on panic, but wise old Mbonga affected to feel considerable skepticism regarding the tale, and attributed the whole fabrication to their fright in the face of some real danger.
Because it is a clumsy fabrication which simply could not be true.
It was a scarf of strong dead colours, dark red and old gold and purple, probably of Oriental fabrication. Altogether the man had something a shade barbaric about him; more like a Hungarian squire than an ordinary French officer.
The whole thing is, of course, an absolute fabrication, though when he spoke of Nina Alexandrovna he wept!
It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth was the merest fabrication, for it would be absurd to suppose that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a purpose.
I will stake it all on the fact that your story is an absolute fabrication."
Every episode of his life was resurrected to serve as foundations for malicious fabrications. Daylight was frankly amazed at the new interpretation put upon all he had accomplished and the deeds he had done.

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