noun \ˈfik-shən\

: written stories about people and events that are not real : literature that tells stories which are imagined by the writer

: something that is not true

Full Definition of FICTION

a :  something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically :  an invented story
b :  fictitious literature (as novels or short stories)
c :  a work of fiction; especially :  novel
a :  an assumption of a possibility as a fact irrespective of the question of its truth <a legal fiction>
b :  a useful illusion or pretense
:  the action of feigning or of creating with the imagination
fic·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
fic·tion·al·i·ty \ˌfik-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
fic·tion·al·ly \ˈfik-shnə-lē, -shə-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of FICTION

  1. She believes the fiction that crime rates are up.
  2. <most stories about famous outlaws of the Old West are fictions that have little or nothing to do with fact>

Origin of FICTION

Middle English ficcioun, from Middle French fiction, from Latin fiction-, fictio act of fashioning, fiction, from fingere to shape, fashion, feign — more at dough
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with FICTION


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