Is there a word for speaking of something made-up as if it were real? Like a character from a novel or movie?

  • Maybe fantize or dream up? Oct 2, 2017 at 20:03
  • @SovereignSun you mean: fantasize.
    – Lambie
    Jan 26, 2020 at 17:04
  • I don't get it. Can you explain your question more precisely??
    – Lambie
    Jan 26, 2020 at 18:12
  • I'm unclear what you mean. Can you edit your question to give us an example context where the word would be used? (use the "Edit" button between your question and these comments)
    – gotube
    Nov 13, 2021 at 18:33

2 Answers 2


This could be speaking in character


26. in character

b. in accordance with the role or personality assumed in a performance

  • Or you could use speculatively. We speculated about life with today's technology, but without air travel.
    – Davo
    Feb 23, 2017 at 15:40
  • @Davo Sounds like another good answer. (One of the great things about English: there is usually more than one valid answer to this sort of question.)
    – Ghotir
    Feb 23, 2017 at 16:30
  • I don't see how a dialogue is something made up that is not real. I think the question needs some work.
    – Lambie
    Jan 26, 2020 at 18:14

Speaking "in character" works when it's an actor speaking, or a role-playing gamer speaking in game terms.

The more general term you want is "in universe". A common example would be any Star-Trek fan discussing issues as if Star Trek were real. This would include discussions of starship combat tactics, analysis of warp-physics, aspects of various alien races, or all of the different starship designs.

They were having an in-universe physics debate.


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