factitious

[ fak-tish-uh s ]SEE DEFINITION OF factitious

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What is this farcical, factitious glamour that will not bear the light of day?

It was a factitious strength, the restlessness of incipient insanity.

He was in that state of factitious discontent which belongs to us amiable English.

In these cases, it is not merely that everything is exaggerated, but everything is factitious.

Indeed it has created a factitious interest in da Vinci's masterwork.

At the next he thought with factitious solemnity: 'Yes, my boy!

This appears to me an insoluble question, and probably, even, a factitious one.

The end is not violent or factitious, it is necessary and inevitable.

The officers of the society were to be known only by factitious (sic) names.

Factitious cinnabar, Red sulphide of mercury, Red sulphuret of mercury.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, from Latin factitius "artificial," from factus, past participle of facere "do" (source of French faire, Spanish hacer), from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (cf. Sanskrit dadhati "puts, places;" Avestan dadaiti "he puts;" Old Persian ada "he made;" Hittite dai- "to place;" Greek tithenai "to put, set, place;" Lithuanian deti "to put;" Polish dziać się "to be happening;" Russian delat' "to do;" Old High German tuon, German tun, Old Saxon, Old English don "to do;" Old Frisian dua, Old Swedish duon, Gothic gadeths "a doing;" Old Norse dalidun "they did").

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artificial

adjectivefake; imitation
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