Definition of fiction in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
faint from (Middle English):
The word faint is related to feign, both coming from French faindre and initially used in the original French sense of ‘feigned, simulated’, from Latin fingere ‘to form, contrive’ also the source of fiction (Late Middle English) and figment (Late Middle English). Another early meaning was ‘cowardly’, a sense now preserved only in the proverb faint heart never won fair lady. The sense ‘hardly perceptible’ dates from the mid 17th century. Feint (late 17th century) originally used in fencing for a deceptive blow is from the same source, while the mid 19th-century use of feint for lightly lined paper is simply a respelling of faint.
- Example sentences
- 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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