Factitious

  • 1Factitious — Fac*ti tious, a. [L. factitius, fr. facere to make. See {Fact}, and cf. {Fetich}.] Made by art, in distinction from what is produced by nature; artificial; sham; contrived; formed by, or adapted to, an artificial or conventional, in distinction… …

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  • 2factitious — [fak tish′əs] adj. [L facticius < pp. of facere, DO1] not natural, genuine, or spontaneous; forced or artificial [factitious needs created by advertising] factitiously adv. factitiousness n …

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  • 3factitious — index assumed (feigned), colorable (specious), false (not genuine), imitation, synthetic …

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  • 4factitious — 1640s, from L. factitius artificial, from factus, pp. of facere do (Cf. Fr. faire, Sp. hacer), from PIE root *dhe to put, to do (Cf. Skt. dadhati puts, places; Avestan dadaiti he puts; O.Pers. ada he …

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  • 5factitious — *artificial, synthetic, ersatz Analogous words: manufactured, fabricated (see MAKE vb): forced, compelled, constrained (see FORCE vb): simulated, feigned, counterfeited, shammed, pretended, affected, assumed (see ASSUME) Antonyms: bona fide,… …

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  • 6factitious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ artificial; contrived. DERIVATIVES factitiously adverb factitiousness noun. ORIGIN Latin facticius made by art …

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  • 7factitious — factitiously, adv. factitiousness, n. /fak tish euhs/, adj. 1. not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived: factitious laughter; factitious enthusiasm. 2. made; manufactured: a decoration of factitious flowers and leaves. [1640 50; < L&#8230; …

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  • 8factitious — factious, factitious, fractious Factious means ‘characterized by faction or dissension’, as in factious quarrelling, whereas factitious means ‘contrived, artificial’, as in factitious reasoning; both words are related to Latin facere ‘to do’ but&#8230; …

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  • 9factitious — /fækˈtɪʃəs / (say fak tishuhs) adjective 1. artificial; not spontaneous or natural: a factitious value; factitious enthusiasm. 2. made; manufactured. {Latin factītius made by art} –factitiously, adverb –factitiousness, noun …

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  • 10factitious — adj. 1 specially contrived, not genuine (factitious value). 2 artificial, not natural (factitious joy). Derivatives: factitiously adv. factitiousness n. Etymology: L facticius f. facere fact do, make …

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  • 11factitious — adjective Etymology: Latin facticius, from factus, past participle of facere to make, do more at do Date: 1646 1. produced by humans rather than by natural forces 2. a. formed by or adapted to an artificial or conventional standard b. produced by …

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  • 12factitious — adjective a) Created by humans, artificial. [...] if from erosion of the gums, by such things as restore them, strengthen and bind them; if wanting, it may be helped by the factitious; their ſordes are removed, by washing and cleaning them; and&#8230; …

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  • 13factitious — See factitious, fictitious …

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  • 14factitious — Artificial; self induced; not naturally occurring. [L. factitius, made by art, fr. facio, to make] * * * fac·ti·tious fak tish əs adj not produced by natural means * * * adj. produced artificially, either deliberately or by accident, and&#8230; …

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  • 15factitious — Synonyms and related words: affected, artificial, assumed, bogus, counterfeit, counterfeited, engineered, fabricated, faked, FALSE, falsified, feigned, forced, imitation, insincere, man made, manufactured, mock, pretended, rigged, set up, sham,&#8230; …

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  • 16factitious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. unnatural, false, artificial; see affected 3 , false 3 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Marked by unnaturalness, pretension, and often a slavish love of fads: artificial, plastic, synthetic, unnatural. See HONEST …

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  • 17factitious — fac|ti|tious [fækˈtıʃəs] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: facticius, from facere to do, make ] made to happen artificially by people rather than happening naturally …

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  • 18factitious — fac|ti|tious [ fæk tıʃəs ] adjective VERY FORMAL artificial …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19factitious — fac·ti·tious || fæk tɪʃəs adj. not natural, not genuine, false, artificial …

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  • 20factitious — [fak tɪʃəs] adjective artificial; contrived. Derivatives factitiously adverb factitiousness noun Origin C17 (in the sense made by skill ): from L. facticius made by art …

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