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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.
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.


1. 'fictional'

A fictional character, thing, or event occurs in a story, play, or film, and has never actually existed or happened.

I had to put myself into the position of lots of fictional characters.
...a musical about a fictional composer called Moony Shapiro.

Fictional also means 'relating to fiction and the telling of stories'.

James Joyce's final fictional experiment was a novel composed entirely of mathematical equations.
2. 'fictitious'

Something that is fictitious is false and is intended to deceive people.

They bought the materials under fictitious names.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fictional - related to or involving literary fiction; "clever fictional devices"; "a fictional treatment of the train robbery"
nonfictional - not fictional
2.fictional - formed or conceived by the imagination; "a fabricated excuse for his absence"; "a fancied wrong"; "a fictional character"
unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news"


adjective imaginary, made-up, invented, legendary, unreal, nonexistent a drama featuring fictional characters


Consisting or suggestive of fiction:
skáldaîur, skáldskapar-


[ˈfɪkʃənl] ADJficticio


[ˈfɪkʃənəl] adj [character, place] → fictif/ive


(= invented)erfunden; (Liter) character, hero, heroine, setting, accounterfunden, fiktiv; film, dramafiktional; entirely fictionalrein fiktiv, frei erfunden; the party’s unity was fictionaldie Einheit der Partei war eine Fiktion
(= relating to fiction) workerzählerisch; his fictional writingseine erzählenden Schriften; a clever fictional deviceein geschickter erzählerischer Trick; a fictional representation of historical eventseine dichterische Darstellung historischer Ereignisse


[ˈfɪkʃənl] adjimmaginario/a


(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.
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