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fiction

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noun fic·tion \ˈfik-shən\

Simple Definition of fiction

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  the action of feigning or of creating with the imagination

fic·tion·al play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
fic·tion·al·i·ty play \ˌfik-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
fic·tion·al·ly play \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




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