- the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, especially in prose form.
- works of this class, as novels or short stories: detective fiction.
- something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story: We've all heard the fiction of her being in delicate health.
- the act of feigning, inventing, or imagining.
- an imaginary thing or event, postulated for the purposes of argument or explanation.
- Law. an allegation that a fact exists that is known not to exist, made by authority of law to bring a case within the operation of a rule of law.
Origin of fiction
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Examples from the Web for fiction
While politics tend to migrate toward the poles, humanity—and fiction, at its best—huddles in between.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
They hire other people to write their books for them, whether memoir or fiction.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
In the end, his account is an entertaining reminder that sometimes, the truth really is better than fiction.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
Were you defining yourself as a fiction writer then, or did you already envision writing essays like the ones in The Unspeakable?Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
At the height of the Soviet Union, the proletariat universally understood everything their government said was a work of fiction.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
It has been raised from the rank of a fiction to the dignity of an obstacle.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Shall God's fiction, which is man's reality, fall short of man's fiction?A Dish Of Orts
I vaunted my love for history, biography, the poets, but spoke lightly of fiction.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Nor, to the glory of human nature be it said, is this a fiction.
This I do not believe: it is part of the fiction of woman's superior morality.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
- literary works invented by the imagination, such as novels or short stories
- an invented story or explanation; lie
- the act of inventing a story or explanation
- law something assumed to be true for the sake of convenience, though probably false
Word Origin and History for fiction
late 14c., "something invented," from Old French ficcion (13c.) "dissimulation, ruse; invention," and directly from Latin fictionem (nominative fictio) "a fashioning or feigning," noun of action from past participle stem of fingere "to shape, form, devise, feign," originally "to knead, form out of clay," from PIE *dheigh- (cf. Old English dag "dough;" see dough). As a branch of literature, 1590s.