Are there any recurring uses of the word "figment" other than in the expression "figment of the imagination"?
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Certainly. "Figment" can be used as these examples show:
As you said, it's commonly used in "figment of imagination", but its definition:
Means that it can be used everywhere really, to signify 'anything fictitious.'
It's most commonly used as a critique, in the phrase "figment of your imagination." To use figment in a different context, without that common phrase, is a good way of intellectualizing it. Biographical and historical figments are invented or feigned stories.