Word of the Week – Confabulate

confabulate

Pronunciation: /kənˈfabjʊleɪt/

verb

  • 1 formal engage in conversation; talk:

“she could be heard on the telephone confabulating with someone”

  • 2 Psychiatry fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory:

“she has lapses in attention and concentration—she may be confabulating a little”

Derivatives

confabulation

noun

confabulatory

adjective

 

Origin:

early 17th century: from Latin confabulat- ‘chatted together’, from the verb confabulari, from con- ‘together’ + fabulari(from fabula ‘fable’)

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