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fac·ti·tious

 (făk-tĭsh′əs)
adj.
1. Produced artificially rather than by a natural process.
2. Lacking authenticity or genuineness; sham: speculators responsible for the factitious value of some stocks.

[From Latin factīcius, from factus, past participle of facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

fac·ti′tious·ly adv.
fac·ti′tious·ness n.

factitious

(fækˈtɪʃəs)
adj
1. artificial rather than natural: factitious demands created by the mass media.
2. not genuine; sham: factitious enthusiasm.
[C17: from Latin factīcius, from facere to make, do]
facˈtitiously adv
facˈtitiousness n

fac•ti•tious

(fækˈtɪʃ əs)

adj.
artificial or contrived; not spontaneous or natural.
[1640–50; < Latin factīcius artificial. See fact, -itious]
fac•ti′tious•ly, adv.
fac•ti′tious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.factitious - not produced by natural forces; "brokers created a factitious demand for stocks"
artificial, unreal - contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"

factitious

adjective
Marked by unnaturalness, pretension, and often a slavish love of fads:
Translations

factitious

[fækˈtɪʃəs] ADJfacticio

factitious

adjkünstlich, unecht; demand for goodshochgespielt

factitious

[fækˈtɪʃəs] adj (frm) → artificiale

fac·ti·tious

a. facticio-a, artificial, no natural.

factitious

adj facticio, simulado, fingido
References in classic literature ?
I have divided it into twenty-four hours, like the Italian clocks, because for me there is neither night nor day, sun nor moon, but only that factitious light that I take with me to the bottom of the sea.
He threw out biting remarks on Lydgate's tricks, worthy only of a quack, to get himself a factitious reputation with credulous people.
And he felt himself oppressed by this creation of factitious purity, so cunningly manufactured by a conspiracy of mothers and aunts and grandmothers and long-dead ancestresses, because it was supposed to be what he wanted, what he had a right to, in order that he might exercise his lordly pleasure in smashing it like an image made of snow.
I revelled in all his appearances in the Histories, and I tried to be as happy where a factitious and perfunctory Falstaff comes to life again in the "Merry Wives of Windsor," though at the bottom of my heart I felt the difference.
What a tiresome custom that is, by-the-by - one among the many sources of factitious annoyance of this ultra-civilised life.
Ah, yes," said the factitious abbe, who began to understand; "and what name does the young man bear meanwhile?
Hitherto, it had been held a point of honour by the families in Grimworth parish, to buy their sugar and their flannel at the shop where their fathers and mothers had bought before them; but, if newcomers were to bring in the system of neck- and-neck trading, and solicit feminine eyes by gown-pieces laid in fan-like folds, and surmounted by artificial flowers, giving them a factitious charm (for on what human figure would a gown sit like a fan, or what female head was like a bunch of China-asters?
I have known many men who, besides any factitious advantages that I may possess, had money and brains into the bargain; but somehow they have never disturbed my good-humor.
Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.
His consciousness is schizophrenic: he lives in two cities at once, where the fading memories of 1848 vie with present impressions of Haussmann's factitious Paris.
Di Biagi conducts this defence with great finesse as well as scholarship, ultimately in terms of the essentially intertextual as well as factitious (fittizia) nature of literary art.
A factitious journal or confession, supplemented by a confusion of authorial stand-aside notes, leaving one, for all their recondite accuracy and patent erudition, high and dry above reality, confounded between fact, faction and fiction.