Definition of fiction in English:

fiction

Syllabification: fic·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈfikSH(ə)n
 
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noun

1Literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people.
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  • The prize is popularly seen as an award for a new novelists of adult literary fiction, but this is not the case.
  • He began his writing career with genre fiction, from historical novels to vampire horror sagas.
  • In France Zola was the dominant practitioner of naturalism in prose fiction and the chief exponent of its doctrines.
Synonyms
novels, stories, (creative) writing, (prose) literature
informal lit
1.1Invention or fabrication as opposed to fact: he dismissed the allegation as absolute fiction
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  • We refuse to contemplate that maybe, just maybe their disdain for us is grounded in more fact than fiction.
  • We'll separate fact from film fiction about one of history's greatest warriors.
  • The museum always foregrounds the unresolvable dichotomy between fact and fiction.
Synonyms
fabrication, invention, lies, fibs, untruth, falsehood, fantasy, nonsense
1.2 [in singular] A belief or statement that is false, but that is often held to be true because it is expedient to do so: the notion of that country being a democracy is a polite fiction
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  • He thinks he can rebuild the polite fictions of September 10.
  • That is his function - to take the polite fictions and drag them back to the real world.
  • So all of the conventions created in the wake of the Second World War - the Geneva Conventions, the very concept of war crimes - these are all just polite fictions to be crumpled?

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'invented statement'): via Old French from Latin fictio(n-), from fingere 'form, contrive'. Compare with feign and figment.

Derivatives

fictionist

noun
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  • Trevor is the best short fictionist in England, and I would make a similar claim for John Updike in this country.
  • Playwrights since Pirandello, fictionists since Proust, have been pondering this question, lightly or ponderously.
  • He was the editor who discovered or championed many of the world's most important fictionists and poets of the second half of the 20th century.

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