figment of one's imagination

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]
See also: figment, imagination, of
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If the fight scene were real it would have given the movie more oomph, because watching a fight scene and then realising that it was nothing but a figment of one's imagination is nothing but a buzz kill.
That boy is not a figment of one's imagination, that was my son.
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My interpretation of this essay is that hell is a figment of one's imagination.