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. Rooneyb : fictitious literature (as novels or short stories) was renowned as a writer of fictionc : 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 fictionb : 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.
fictionalplay \ˈfik-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
fictionalityplay \ˌfik-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
fictionallyplay \ˈfik-shnə-lē, -shə-nəl-ē\ adverb
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
Origin and Etymology of fiction
Middle English ficcioun, from Medieval French fiction, from Latin fiction-, fictio act of fashioning, fiction, from fingere to shape, fashion, feign — more at dough
First Known Use: 14th century
FICTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fiction for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of fiction for Students
1 : something told or written that is not fact
2 : a made-up story
3 : works of literature that are not true stories
Word Root of fiction
The Latin word fingere, meaning “to shape” or “to mold,” and its form fictus give us the roots fig and fict. Words from the Latin fingere have something to do with shaping. The figure of something, especially a person's body, is its shape. To disfigure is to change the shape and ruin the looks of something. Fiction is something written that is not fact but is shaped by the imagination.
Legal Definition of fiction
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