Definitions for factoidˈfæk tɔɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fac•toidˈfæk tɔɪd(n.)

  1. something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is presented as fact, devised esp. to gain publicity, and accepted because of constant repetition.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. an insignificant fact.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of factoid:

1973, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. factoid(noun)

    something resembling a fact; unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print

  2. factoid(noun)

    a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item

Wiktionary

  1. factoid(Noun)

    An inaccurate statement or statistic believed to be true because of broad repetition, especially if cited in the media.

  2. factoid(Noun)

    An interesting item of trivia.

  3. Origin: ; coined by in Marilyn (1973): "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority".

Freebase

  1. Factoid

    A factoid is a questionable or spurious statement presented as a fact, but without supporting evidence. The word can also be used to describe a particularly insignificant or novel fact, in the absence of much relevant context. The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as "an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact". Factoid was coined by Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe. Mailer described a factoid as "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper", and created the word by combining the word fact and the ending -oid to mean "similar but not the same". The Washington Times described Mailer's new word as referring to "something that looks like a fact, could be a fact, but in fact is not a fact". Factoids may give rise to, or arise from, common misconceptions and urban legends.

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