figment of (one's)/the imagination

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figment of (one's)/the imagination

An experience that initially is thought to be real but is actually imagined. I thought I heard the sound of my front door opening last night but it turned out to be a figment of my imagination.
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figment of one's imagination

Something made up, invented, or fabricated, as in "The long dishevelled hair, the swelled black face, the exaggerated stature were figments of imagination" (Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847). This term is redundant, since figment means "product of the imagination." [Early 1800s]
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a figment of somebody’s imagiˈnation

something which somebody only imagines: Doctor, are you suggesting the pain is a figment of my imagination?
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In the absence of a global, universally acceptable definition of the word 'terrorism', any figment of imagination could be stretched to mean terrorism.
Malacanang said that the historic 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution is not a figment of imagination and will remain significant to the country and the Filipinos.
She is the figment of imagination - the imagination of a Sufi poet, Malik Muhammad Jayasi, who in 1540 wrote the epic Padmaavat, in which a brave and beautiful Rajput queen chose to immolate herself in a ceremonial fire rather than be captured by Alauddin Khilji.
Let us have a universally-acceptable definition of 'terrorism', lest any figment of imagination should be stretched to mean terrorism.
In the absence of a global, universally-acceptable definition of the word 'terrorism', any figment of imagination could be stretched to mean terrorism.
For her part, Espin vowed to stand her ground and tell world leaders that climate change is true and not just a figment of imagination, as evident in the impact of disasters in vulnerable countries.
Senator Ghani said that JIT report was based on a figment of imagination which has been denied by Dr.
Besides the undisputed fact that the traditional historical homeland theory is a myth and a figment of imagination created for political purposes, the Tamil argument should have been that all of Sri Lanka should be their homeland, as much as it is the homeland of the Sinhalese, the Muslims, the Moors, the Burghers, the Chinese origin Sri Lankans, and you name it, all Sri Lankans who are now citizens of the country.
Axact condemns this story as baseless, substandard, maligning, defamatory and based on false accusations and merely a figment of imagination published without taking the companys point of view.
The finance minister said Imran's statement was totally fallacious, highly preposterous and nothing but a figment of imagination and prima facie tainted with malafide.
The talk about the removal of Manjhi is the figment of imagination only," he said.
Damon who is also a close friend to Ben Affleck had been making to a lot of press for being considered for the role of Aquaman but now it seems this was just a figment of imagination of his fans.
For instance, by no figment of imagination did Sachin come anywhere near the perceived image of a quintessential serviceman from any wing of the defence who could inspire youngsters to join the forces.
I don't think there was any delay on our part and the story that comes out saying that he waited for 45 days in India is figment of imagination," he said.
Today's front-page report in Alithia is a figment of imagination, completely unsubstantiated and false," AKEL spokesman Giorgos Loukaides said.