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fic·tion

 (fĭk′shən)
n.
1.
a. The category of literature, drama, film, or other creative work whose content is imagined and is not necessarily based on fact.
b. Works in this category: the fiction of Virginia Woolf.
c. A work within this category: the shorter fictions of Faulkner.
2.
a. Narrative, explanatory material, or belief that is not true or has been imagined or fabricated: The notion that he was at the scene of the crime is pure fiction.
b. A narrative, explanation, or belief that may seem true but is false or fabricated: "Neutrality is a fiction in an unneutral world" (Howard Zinn).
3. Law A verbal contrivance that is in some sense inaccurate but that accomplishes a purpose, as in the treatment of husband and wife as one person or a corporation as an entity.

[Middle English ficcioun, from Old French fiction, from Latin fictiō, fictiōn-, from fictus, past participle of fingere, to form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.]

fic′tion·al adj.
fic′tion·al′i·ty (-shə-năl′ĭ-tē) n.
fic′tion·al·ly adv.

fiction

(ˈfɪkʃən)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary works invented by the imagination, such as novels or short stories
2. an invented story or explanation; lie
3. the act of inventing a story or explanation
4. (Law) law something assumed to be true for the sake of convenience, though probably false
[C14: from Latin fictiō a fashioning, hence something imaginary, from fingere to shape]
ˈfictional adj
ˈfictionally adv
ˌfictionˈeer, ˈfictionist n

fic•tion

(ˈfɪk ʃən)

n.
1. the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, esp. in prose form.
2. works of this class, as novels or short stories.
3. something feigned, invented, or imagined, esp. a made-up story.
4. the act of feigning, inventing, or imagining.
5. an assumption that a fact exists, regardless of the truth of the matter, so that a legal principle can be applied on the basis of the existing facts.
[1375–1425; < Latin fictiō action of shaping, feigning, fiction, derivative of fingere to shape]
fic′tion•al, adj.
fic′tion•al•ly, adv.

fiction

Literature, especially stories, based on invented character and incidents—though fiction may often be set against a background of real events and draw on real-life experience.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fiction - a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on factfiction - a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
literary composition, literary work - imaginative or creative writing
dystopia - a work of fiction describing an imaginary place where life is extremely bad because of deprivation or oppression or terror
novel - an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
fantasy, phantasy - fiction with a large amount of imagination in it; "she made a lot of money writing romantic fantasies"
story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"
utopia - a work of fiction describing a utopia
2.fiction - a deliberately false or improbable accountfiction - a deliberately false or improbable account
falsehood, untruth, falsity - a false statement
canard - a deliberately misleading fabrication

fiction

noun
1. tale, story, novel, legend, myth, romance, fable, storytelling, narration, creative writing, work of imagination She is a writer of historical fiction.
2. imagination, fancy, fantasy, creativity a story of truth or fiction
3. lie, fancy, fantasy, invention, improvisation, fabrication, concoction, falsehood, untruth, porky (Brit. slang), pork pie (Brit. slang), urban myth, tall story, urban legend, cock and bull story (informal), figment of the imagination Total recycling is a fiction.
Quotations
"'Tis strange - but true; for truth is always strange;"
"Stranger than fiction" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
"Truth may be stranger than fiction, but fiction is truer" [Frederic Raphael Contemporary Novelists]
"Literature is a luxury. Fiction is a necessity" [G.K. Chesterton The Defendant]

fiction

noun
1. An illusory mental image:
2. Any fictitious idea accepted as part of an ideology by an uncritical group; a received idea:
4. A narrative not based on fact:
Translations
beletriefikce
fiktionskønlitteratur
kaunokirjallisuussepitetarufiktio
fikcija
regényirodalom
skáldskapur
フィクション
소설
grožinė literatūraišgalvotas
daiļliteratūraizdomājums
beletria
leposlovje
skönlitteratur
นวนิยาย
hayâl ürünü öykükurgu
tiểu thuyết

fiction

[ˈfɪkʃən] N
1. (Literat) → literatura f de ficción, narrativa f
a work of fictionuna obra de ficción
2. (= untruth) → ficción f, invención f

fiction

[ˈfɪkʃən] n
(= literary work) → fiction f
historical fiction → fiction historique
a work of fiction → une œuvre de fiction
(= invention) → fiction f
Total recycling is a fiction → L'idée de tout recycler relève de la fiction.

fiction

n
no pl (Liter) → Erzähl- or Prosaliteratur f; you’ll find that under fictiondas finden Sie unter Belletristik; work of fictionErzählung f; (longer) → Roman m; light fiction(leichte) Unterhaltungsliteratur; romantic fictionLiebesromane pl
(= invention)(freie) Erfindung, Fiktion f; that’s pure fictiondas ist frei erfunden; total recycling is a fictiondas totale Recycling gibt es nicht

fiction

[ˈfɪkʃn] n
a. (Literature) → narrativa
a work of fiction → un'opera di narrativa
light fiction → narrativa leggera
b. (sth made up) → finzione f

fiction

(ˈfikʃən) noun
stories etc which tell of imagined, not real, characters and events (see also non-fiction). I prefer reading fiction to hearing about real events.
ˈfictional adjective
fictitious (fikˈtiʃəs) adjective
1. not true. a fictitious account.
2. not real or based on fact. All the characters in the book are fictitious.

fiction

قِصَّةٌ خَيَالِيَّة beletrie fiktion Belletristik πεζογραφία ficción kaunokirjallisuus fiction fikcija fiction フィクション 소설 fictie fiksjon fikcja ficção художественная литература skönlitteratur นวนิยาย kurgu tiểu thuyết 小说
References in classic literature ?
They deal, to be sure, with the office of Criticism and the art of Fiction, and so far their present name is not a misnomer.
In order to prevent mistake, it may be well to say that the incidents of this tale are purely a fiction.
It is a misfortune to some fiction-writers that fiction and unveracity in the average person's mind mean one and the same thing.
Before they died the brilliant one was detected in seventy languages as the author of but two or three books of fiction and poetry, while the other was honoured in the Bureau of Statistics of his native land as the compiler of sixteen volumes of tabulated information relating to the domestic hog.
I have only to request that you will bear in mind certain established truths, which occasionally escape your memory when you are reading a work of fiction.
It was not written as news, for it is incredible, but as fiction.
I thought Peter was appointed fiction editor, but he has never written any fiction since the paper started.
The period saw the beginning, among other things, of English prose fiction of something like the later modern type.
My one object in following a new course is to enlarge the range of my studies in the art of writing fiction, and to vary the form in which I make my appeal to the reader, as attractively as I can.
And the poets indeed have been busy with it; for it is in effect the thing, which figured in that strange fiction of the ancient poets, which seemeth not to be without mystery; nay, and to have some approach to the state of a Christian; that Hercules, when he went to unbind Prometheus (by whom human nature is represented), sailed the length of the great ocean, in an earthen pot or pitcher; lively describing Christian resolution, that saileth in the frail bark of the flesh, through the waves of the world.
And if, in answer to this, I am told that the authors of books of the kind write them as fiction, and therefore are not bound to regard niceties of truth, I would reply that fiction is all the better the more it looks like truth, and gives the more pleasure the more probability and possibility there is about it.
Then the first thing will be to establish a censorship of the writers of fiction, and let the censors receive any tale of fiction which is good, and reject the bad; and we will desire mothers and nurses to tell their children the authorised ones only.