fiction

noun
fic·​tion | \ ˈfik-shən How to pronounce fiction (audio) \

Definition of fiction

1a : something invented by the imagination or feigned specifically : an invented story … I'd found out that the story of the ailing son was pure fiction. — Andrew A. Rooney
b : fictitious literature (such as novels or short stories) was renowned as a writer of fiction
c : a work of fiction especially : novel Her latest work is a fiction set during the Civil War.
2a : an assumption of a possibility as a fact irrespective of the question of its truth a legal fiction
b : a useful illusion or pretense it was only a fiction of independence his mother gave him; he was almost totally under her power— G. A. Wagner
3 : the action of feigning or of creating with the imagination She engaged in fiction to escape painful realities.

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Other Words from fiction

fictionality \ ˌfik-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce fictionality (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fiction

Synonyms

fable, fabrication, fantasy (also phantasy), figment, invention

Antonyms

fact, materiality, reality

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Examples of fiction in a Sentence

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

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This speculative fiction novel set in the '90s is hard to describe and impossible to put down. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 In 1997, Salman Rushdie noted that English translations of Urdu and Hindi fiction were hard to come by. Saira Khan, The New Yorker, "“The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told” Is a Belated Introduction to a Thrilling Canon," 7 June 2019 The Hemons take solace in what remains: food, Ukrainian folk songs, Petar’s beekeeping practice (a hobby that crops up again and again in Hemon’s fiction). Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019 The list includes a drama set in post-WWII New York City, a scripted anthology, a children's series, and a number of non-fiction projects. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Spotify strikes deal with Barack and Michelle Obama to produce exclusive podcasts," 6 June 2019 The free resource provides some of the hottest erotic fiction and fantasy on the internet from a variety of authors and points of view. Glamour, "15 Porn Sites for Women That You'll Really, Really Enjoy," 20 May 2019 Local scene Current best-sellers from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Hardcover fiction1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens 2. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ is the top local fiction best-seller," 19 May 2019 Quiet and unassuming Doria, who likes to remain out of her daughter’s duchess spotlight as much as possible, inadvertently sparked the fiction book back in November last year. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "A Romance Novel Based on Meghan Markle's Mother, Doria Ragland, Really is Coming Soon," 12 Apr. 2019 Frances FitzGerald is a journalist and historian, and winner of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle award for non-fiction for The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of fiction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fiction

Middle English ficcioun "invention of the mind," borrowed from Middle French fiction, borrowed from Latin fictiōn-, fictiō "action of shaping or molding, feigning, pretense, legal fiction," from fig-, variant stem of fingere "to mold, fashion, make a likeness of, pretend to be" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at feign

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fiction

noun

English Language Learners 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

fiction

noun
fic·​tion | \ ˈfik-shən How to pronounce fiction (audio) \

Kids Definition of fiction

1 : something told or written that is not fact
2 : a made-up story
3 : works of literature that are not true stories

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Other Words from fiction

fictional adjective

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