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Meaning of FICTION

Pronunciation:  'fikshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
  2. [n]  a deliberately false or improbable account

FICTION is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: fable, fabrication
 See Also: canard, false statement, falsehood, falsity, fantasy, literary composition, literary work, novel, phantasy, story, untruth



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fic"tion\, n. [F. fiction, L. fictio, fr. fingere,
fictum to form, shape, invent, feign. See {Feign}.]
1. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a
   mere fiction of the mind. --Bp. Stillingfleet.

2. That which is feigned, invented, or imagined; especially,
   a feigned or invented story, whether oral or written.
   Hence: A story told in order to deceive; a fabrication; --
   opposed to fact, or reality.

         The fiction of those golden apples kept by a dragon.
                                               --Sir W.

         When it could no longer be denied that her flight
         had been voluntary, numerous fictions were invented
         to account for it.                    --Macaulay.

3. Fictitious literature; comprehensively, all works of
   imagination; specifically, novels and romances.

         The office of fiction as a vehicle of instruction
         and moral elevation has been recognized by most if
         not all great educators.              --Dict. of

4. (Law) An assumption of a possible thing as a fact,
   irrespective of the question of its truth. --Wharton.

5. Any like assumption made for convenience, as for passing
   more rapidly over what is not disputed, and arriving at
   points really at issue.

Syn: Fabrication; invention; fable; falsehood.

Usage: {Fiction}, {Fabrication}. Fiction is opposed to what
       is real; fabrication to what is true. Fiction is
       designed commonly to amuse, and sometimes to instruct;
       a fabrication is always intended to mislead and
       deceive. In the novels of Sir Walter Scott we have
       fiction of the highest order. The poems of Ossian, so
       called, were chiefly fabrications by Macpherson.

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