A.anything formed or moulded, image, figure, “πλάσματα πηλοῦ” Ar.Av.686 ; κήρινον . . οὐκ οἶδ᾽ ὅ τι π. as it were a piece of wax-work, Pl.Tht.197d, cf. 200c, Sph.239e ; of figures made by bakers, Men.113 : pl., cakes of incense, POxy.2144.29 (iii A.D.).
b. the body, as fashioned by the Creator, PMag.Par.1.212.
b. figment, fiction, “πλάσματα τῶν προτέρων” Xenoph.1.22, cf. Arist.Cael. 289a6, Str.1.2.36, J.BJ1.1.2, Plu.Thes.28, etc. ; of a story which is fictitious but possible, opp. “ἱστορία” 11 and “μῦθος” 11.3, S.E.M.1.263, Aus. Prof.21.26, cf. Ph.1.528.
c. pretence, Phld.Vit.p.38 J., Plu.Mar. 43.
2. delusion, Phld.Lib.p.56O.
III. formed style in writing or speaking, “π. καὶ τὴν ἄλλην κατασκευὴν δημηγόρου” Id.Rh.1.199 S.; opp. τρόπος, σχῆμα, ib.164S.; π. ἱστορικόν, opp. ὑπαγωγικόν, D.H. Pomp.4 ; ἡνίκ᾽ ἂν ᾖ ποιητικὸν τοῦ λόγου τὸ π. Longin.15.8.