Other forms: fabrications

A fabrication is something made up, like a lie. Telling your boss that the subway broke down when in fact you just forgot to set your alarm is a fabrication.

The word fabrication was originally used to talk about manufacturing or construction, and it referred to the act of assembling something. Tires and steering wheels are necessary materials for automobile fabrication. Nowadays, the word fabrication is usually used to refer to the act of coming up with a story out of thin air. In this sense, a book of fiction is a fabrication, as is the lie you tell your girlfriend to explain why you forgot her birthday (again).

Definitions of fabrication
  1. noun
    the act of making something (a product) from raw materials
    “the synthesis and fabrication of single crystals”
    synonyms: manufacture, manufacturing
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    formation, shaping
    the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
    deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language use to mislead and manipulate the public
    the manufacture of sections of a building at the factory so they can be easily and rapidly assembled at the building site
    the act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object)
    shaping metal by heating and hammering
    metalwork, metalworking
    the activity of making things out of metal in a skillful manner
    the act of forming something into granules or grains
    grooving, rifling
    the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm
    the activity of shaping something on a lathe
    type of:
    creating from raw materials
    the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it
  2. noun
    the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)
    synonyms: assembly
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    disassembly, dismantlement, dismantling
    the act of taking something apart (as a piece of machinery)
    type of:
    building, construction
    the act of constructing something
  3. noun
    a deliberately false or improbable account
    synonyms: fable, fiction
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    a deliberately misleading fabrication
    type of:
    falsehood, falsity, untruth
    a false statement
  4. noun
    the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
    synonyms: lying, prevarication
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    fibbing, paltering
    a trivial act of lying or being deliberately unclear
    type of:
    falsification, misrepresentation
    a willful perversion of facts
  5. noun
    writing in a fictional form
    synonyms: fictionalisation, fictionalization
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    type of:
    authorship, composition, penning, writing
    the act of creating written works
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