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confabulate

(kən-făb′yə-lāt′)
intr.v. confabu·lated, confabu·lating, confabu·lates
Psychology To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts.

con·fab′u·la′tion n.
con·fab′u·la′tor n.
con·fab′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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But does it really live up to its name--The Confabulating Mind; How the Brain Creates Reality?
Myrton was on foot every morning at daybreak; confabulating with the clerk of the works, whose slightest word was more important in his ears than the strongest opinion expressed by his wife.
took on the Holocaust, insurance agencies that refused to pay off on Jewish policies, reparations to African Americans for the slavery years, repressed memory, and confabulating regression therapists.
And at his confabulating best, Doyle reminds one of no one so much as Flann O'Brien.
On the international stage, the nation-state might define itself through its interaction with other states, confabulating an interstate drama that could attract the national identification of constituents.
HE'S the big cheese, the confabulating king of punditry, and the Beeb are fortunate to have the benefit of his savoir-faire.
From The Triumph of Love of 1998 through his last two collections, Hill has been "confabulating" a kind of testamentary epic in which the entire history of English, and European, poetry is subsumed, and in which the squalid horrors and sporadic glory of our own age are fitfully mirrored.
White Blood Cells freely explores textures, such as the drums and vocal of "Little Room," and imports odd and unexpected cultural artifacts, such as the campaign spiel dropped into "Union Forever," a wicked pun confabulating broken promises of a very different sort.
His story, as we have seen, is one of confabulating "authors" and inscrutable psychologists.
You know we'd all be in trouble if they were." Milloy contrasted the polite handling of the parents of the Columbine killers with the handling of the case of Susan Smith, wherein black men were being detained in six states before Smith confessed to drowning her two sons and confabulating a black man to blame the murders on.
Those autobiographies--the confabulating Anti-Memoirs, the Pleiadic Felled Oaks and the little evasions, Picasso's Mask and Lazarus, attached to the big ones like tassels to a Hide-a-Bed--are especially suspect.