fiction

noun
fic·​tion | \ ˈfik-shən \

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

fictional \ ˈfik-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
fictionality \ ˌfik-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē \ noun
fictionally \ ˈfik-​shnə-​lē , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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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Lindsay is best known to audiences for her legendary title role in the science-fiction series The Bionic Woman, which ran from 1976 until 1978. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Lindsay Wagner? Meet The Star of Hallmark's 'Mingle All The Way'," 1 Dec. 2018 Robocop Returns is not the first time Blomkamp has been attached to the revival of a major science-fiction property. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Robocop' and Neill Blomkamp Need Each Other," 11 July 2018 The fiction is a universe, the nonfiction is an argument. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Arundhati Roy: “Fiction is a Universe”," 26 June 2018 While speculative fiction is full of apocalypses, Roanhorse has also pointed out that the end of the world is not just an abstract concept. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Trail of Lightning is a breathtaking Native American urban fantasy adventure," 26 June 2018 Starfield, a science-fiction game, will hit shelves before The Elder Scrolls VI. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Bethesda Softworks Announces 'Fallout 76' Release Date and New 'Elder Scrolls' Game," 11 June 2018 The festival concludes on Aug. 23 with a non-fiction author panel. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Library Hosting Local Author Festival This Summer," 6 June 2018 Speculative fiction is more critical of the kind of technological narratives put forward by the tech industry. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "The Creepy Rise of Real Companies Spawning Fictional Design," 30 May 2018 So the best African fiction is in Chimamanda Adichie’s inbox? Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Terms with Global Fame," 28 May 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 \

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

fiction

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fic·​tion

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Other Words from fiction

fictional adjective

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