confabulation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n confabulation (psychiatry) a plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered
    • n confabulation an informal conversation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Confabulation Familiar talk; easy, unrestrained, unceremonious conversation. "Friends' confabulations are comfortable at all times, as fire in winter."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n confabulation A talking together; chatting; familiar talk; easy, unrestrained conversation: as, the two had a long confabulation.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. confabulatio,

Usage

In literature:

Then we sits down, gradually gets cool, and holds a confabulation.
"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens
The two proud dowagers, Lady Lynn and Lady Ingram, confabulate together.
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
Mrs. Beauly and her maid in close confabulation!
"The Law and the Lady" by Wilkie Collins
Don't you know that my nephew and the brigadier who commands that accursed troop have been confabulating?
"Dona Perfecta" by B. Perez Galdos
ONE day his guardians were agitated: they held confabulations at which Fionn was not permitted to assist.
"Irish Fairy Tales" by James Stephens
He spent the evening in sober confabulation with Mrs. Denison.
"The Hand But Not the Heart" by T. S. Arthur
Sweet Mrs. Delany, thwarted in her kind private views of an interesting confabulation, grew fatigued, and went home; and then Mrs.
"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Fanny Burney
There was a considerable confabulation between Eve and Lady Massulam at the entrance to the lift.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
Walk up wid yourself here, till we have a confabulation together; you see I love to be talking to you.
"The Hedge School; The Midnight Mass; The Donagh Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
You used to have long confabulations with that scoundrel Ramon, who kept you posted about the shipping.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
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