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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fik-tish-uh s]
    • /fɪkˈtɪʃ əs/
    • /fɪkˈtɪʃ.əs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fik-tish-uh s]
    • /fɪkˈtɪʃ əs/

Definitions of fictitious word

  • adjective fictitious created, taken, or assumed for the sake of concealment; not genuine; false: fictitious names. 1
  • adjective fictitious of, relating to, or consisting of fiction; imaginatively produced or set forth; created by the imagination: a fictitious hero. 1
  • noun fictitious Not real or true, being imaginary or having been fabricated. 1
  • adjective fictitious fictional, imaginary 1
  • adjective fictitious Fictitious is used to describe something that is false or does not exist, although some people claim that it is true or exists. 0
  • adjective fictitious A fictitious character, thing, or event occurs in a story, play, or film but never really existed or happened. 0

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Origin of fictitious

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
1605-15; < Latin fictīcius artificial, equivalent to fict(us) shaped, feigned (see fiction) + -īcius -itious

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Parts of speech for Fictitious


fictitious popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fictitious usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fictitious

adj fictitious

  • mythical — pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a myth.
  • spurious — not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.
  • apocryphal — An apocryphal story is one which is probably not true or did not happen, but which may give a true picture of someone or something.
  • fictional — invented as part of a work of fiction: Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective.
  • phony — not real or genuine; fake; counterfeit: a phony diamond.

adjective fictitious

  • untrue — not true, as to a person or a cause, to fact, or to a standard.
  • made-up — concocted; falsely fabricated or invented: a made-up story.
  • pretend — to cause or attempt to cause (what is not so) to seem so: to pretend illness; to pretend that nothing is wrong.
  • ersatz — (of a product) Made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.
  • fashioned — Simple past tense and past participle of fashion.

Antonyms for fictitious

adj fictitious

  • factual — of or relating to facts; concerning facts: factual accuracy.
  • real — true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.
  • honest — honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair: an honest person.
  • truthful — telling the truth, especially habitually: a truthful person.
  • authentic — An authentic person, object, or emotion is genuine.

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