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spurious, fake; fictional; created or assumed with the intention to conceal: a fictitious name; imaginatively produced: a fictitious story
Not to be confused with:
facetious – not to be taken seriously; amusing; humorous; frivolous: I was only being facetious.
factitious – artificial; contrived: His enthusiastic response was factitious.; made; manufactured: a factitious part
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1. Concocted or fabricated, especially in order to deceive or mislead; make up: a fictitious name; fictitious transactions.
2. Of or relating to the characters, settings, or plots that are created for a work of fiction: a book in which fictitious characters interact with historical figures.

[From Latin fictīcius, from fictus, past participle of fingere, to form; see fiction.]

fic·ti′tious·ly adv.
fic·ti′tious·ness n.
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1. not genuine or authentic; assumed; false: to give a fictitious address.
2. of, relating to, or characteristic of fiction; created by the imagination
ficˈtitiously adv
ficˈtitiousness n
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(fɪkˈtɪʃ əs)

1. created, taken, or assumed for the sake of concealment; not genuine; false.
2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of fiction; created by the imagination.
[1605–15; < Latin fictīcius artificial]
fic•ti′tious•ly, adv.
fic•ti′tious•ness, n.
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1. 'fictional'

A fictional character, thing, or event occurs in a story, play, or film, and has never actually existed or happened.

I had to put myself into the position of lots of fictional characters.
...a musical about a fictional composer called Moony Shapiro.

Fictional also means 'relating to fiction and the telling of stories'.

James Joyce's final fictional experiment was a novel composed entirely of mathematical equations.
2. 'fictitious'

Something that is fictitious is false and is intended to deceive people.

They bought the materials under fictitious names.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fictitious - formed or conceived by the imagination; "a fabricated excuse for his absence"; "a fancied wrong"; "a fictional character"
unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news"
2.fictitious - adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"
counterfeit, imitative - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"
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1. false, made-up, bogus, untrue, non-existent, fabricated, counterfeit, feigned, spurious, apocryphal a source of fictitious rumours
false real, true, actual, genuine, legitimate, authentic, truthful, veritable, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal), veracious
2. imaginary, imagined, made-up, assumed, invented, artificial, improvised, mythical, unreal, fanciful, make-believe Persons portrayed in this production are fictitious.
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Consisting or suggestive of fiction:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
صُوَري، وَهْمي، غير حَقيقيمُخْتَلَق، غير حَقيقي
skáldaîur, ekki raunverulegurskáldaîur, ímyndaîur
gerçek olmayanhayâlî


[fɪkˈtɪʃəs] ADJ
2. (= false) → falso
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[fɪkˈtɪʃəs] adj
(= invented) [character, event] → fictif/ive, imaginaire
(= untrue) → faux(fausse)
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(= false, nonexistent) name, addressfalsch; loan, casefingiert; the job in the advertisement turned out to be fictitiouses stellte sich heraus, dass es die ausgeschriebene Stelle gar nicht gab
(Liter: = imaginary) character, setting, story, eventerfunden; all characters in this film are (entirely) fictitiousalle Gestalten in diesem Film sind (frei) erfunden
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[fɪkˈtɪʃəs] adj
b. (false) → falso/a, fittizio/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈfikʃən) noun
stories etc which tell of imagined, not real, characters and events (see also non-fiction). I prefer reading fiction to hearing about real events.
ˈfictional adjective
fictitious (fikˈtiʃəs) adjective
1. not true. a fictitious account.
2. not real or based on fact. All the characters in the book are fictitious.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


a. ficticio-a, falso-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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Dickinson's speaker highlights the fictitious nature of "our Faith," more importantly ascribing peace to a calm acceptance of its very fictitiousness. Peace can be achieved by accepting the "fiction" of "our Faith" and, by extension, the illusory nature of everything that we cling to, whether visible or invisible.
Alexander Bareis wrote almost ten years ago that even fifty (now sixty) years after Kate Hamburger's (Die Logik) seminal theories "fictionality is very often explained exclusively in terms of fictitiousness: That is, fictionality is defined by its non-real content" (156).
Again, this constitutes an alienating effect, as the movie literally stops to reflect on itself--in an ironic manner even denies its own fictitiousness: 'There was no movie'--encouraging the viewer to do the same" (Pillip 61).
'so that's why I did x, y, z during my 20s'), yet despite this fictitiousness, it takes on and provides subjective Truth, a new position, (dis)orientation, sense to and of the world.
It is difficult to recast the main actors in historical events that occurred in living memory, so while Berneder's point about the possible fictitiousness of Claudia Quinta still stands, Scipio Nasica must be allowed his youthful moment of triumph.
Similarly, social media allows a form of anonymity or fictitiousness which previously did not exist.
These stories also suggest that to retain a self-consciousness about this fact of narrative contingency, a willingness to confess the very fictitiousness of one's own textual practices, earns the storyteller a paradoxical claim to authenticity.
In contrast to the autobiographical pact, the author may make with the reader the fictional pact introduced by either "obvious practice of nonidentity" or "affirmation of fictitiousness" (Lejeune 1989: 15).
In signaling its own discursive disingenuousness it proclaims the fictitiousness of all identity constructions and deconstructs contemporary race and gender conventions.
Also interesting is their fictitiousness. Why did people "forge" these letters?
The divergent reception of Death of a Monk and The Dejani Estate cannot be accounted for as mere reactions to the admission or denial of their fictitiousness. After all, both novels argue for the centrality of fiction for one's understanding of history and, even more so, for the power of fiction to uncover what history has concealed and suppressed to produce "truth from the Land of Israel," or from Damascus, as the case may be, a truth that would reveal, in Ahad Ha-Am's words, "the bad part in the course of the 'movement' and its outcomes." (35) Rather, the kernel of the issue is the strife over the conception of history in its relation to fiction.