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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


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.


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


(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.


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.
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"


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.


Consisting or suggestive of fiction:
صُوَري، وَهْمي، غير حَقيقيمُخْتَلَق، غير حَقيقي
skáldaîur, ekki raunverulegurskáldaîur, ímyndaîur
gerçek olmayanhayâlî


[fɪkˈtɪʃəs] ADJ
2. (= false) → falso


[fɪkˈtɪʃəs] adj
(= invented) [character, event] → fictif/ive, imaginaire
(= untrue) → faux(fausse)


(= 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


[fɪkˈtɪʃəs] adj
b. (false) → falso/a, fittizio/a


(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.


a. ficticio-a, falso-a.
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