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factitious

If you create a "diamond" out of plastic, then you’ve created a factitious diamond, meaning that it’s a phony.

Factitious, pronounced "fac-TISH-us," means "fake," like a factitious compliment you give the person who cooked you an awful meal — you don't mean it, but you say it anyway, just to be nice. As he or she happily walks away, another friend might whisper, "Were you being facetious about the dinner being good?" Facetious, pronounced "fuh-SEE-shuhs," means "trying to be funny." Don't confuse factitious with facetious — or fictitious, which means "made up."

Definitions of factitious
  1. adjective
    not produced by natural forces; artificial or fake
    “brokers created a factitious demand for stocks”
    Synonyms:
    artificial, unreal
    contrived by art rather than nature
Commonly confused words

Made Up: Fictional, Fictitious, Fictive, and Factitious

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