Definition of fictional in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfikSH(ə)n(ə)l/


Relating to fiction; invented for the purposes of fiction: fictional texts a fictional character
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  • To help him play Trevor with conviction, Ferns invented a fictional biography for the troubled man.
  • It is now less and less necessary for the writer to invent the fictional content of his novel.
  • Wrong's excellent book is peopled by the kind of characters no fictional framing could ever conceive.
fictitious, fictive, invented, imaginary, made up, make-believe, unreal, fabricated, mythical



Pronunciation: /ˌfikSHəˈnalətē/
Example sentences
  • Like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the South American writer with whom she is being lavishly compared by her rather over-enthusiastic publishers, Enright is interested in the fictionality of history.
  • I like to think that I've plotted it in such a way that though the idea came from personal experience, that I've moved it away into a realm of obvious fictionality.
  • It limits the damage done by a story by forcing its audience to realize its fictionality at almost every moment.


Pronunciation: /ˌfikSHənl-iˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • If it is copyrightable expression, he might still claim that his use is fair, though the fictionalization might be argued to undermine the fair use claim.
  • One of the most disturbing aspects of the affair is the spontaneously-occurring popular fictionalization of the events.
  • To an extent, the book is a fictionalization of the life of real-world CIA man, Robert Ames.


Pronunciation: /ˈfikSH(ə)nəˌlīz/
Example sentences
  • Since the war ended, the American public has been fed a dose of movies fictionalizing the excesses of U.S. units in Vietnam, such as Apocalypse Now and Platoon.
  • I guess I'm fictionalizing parts of my glory days for the book.
  • Granted it's never easy fictionalizing historic events, but the temptation to rely on magical shortcuts should be avoided at all costs.


Example sentences
  • I'd done a lot of work fictionally, in terms of narrative, point of view and so on, but I also had lot of non-fiction experience to draw on: research methods, interviewing, finding material.
  • The Jerusalem-to-Ramallah route that Rana takes fictionally is itself the subject of the second of Abu-Assad's works in the festival: the documentary Ford Transit.
  • The play is set in the Shear Madness hair salon, fictionally located in Kensington, where the lives of customers and hairdressers are disrupted by a murder.

Words that rhyme with fictional


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Syllabification: fic·tion·al

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