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fictionist

or fictioner

[fik-shuh-nist] /ˈfɪk ʃə nɪst/
noun
1.
a writer of fiction; a novelist or short-story writer.
Origin of fictionist
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; fiction + -ist
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  • It really may be numbered among doubts whether it is possible to exaggerate the dangers into which a fictionist may fall.

    Heart

    Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • Both have the specific genius of the fictionist and the common sympathies of human feeling and thought in pre-eminent degree.

    Man And Superman George Bernard Shaw
  • She was really far better fitted to be the wife of a fictionist than Imogene.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • Need we say that it recites the ancient saw about William James, the fictionist, and his brother Henry, the psychologist.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • And those close to the 'inside' of the industry say to-day to the fictionist: 'Hold on to your stories.

  • Over it hangs a mantle of mystery which the fictionist has employed to full, and at times thrilling advantage.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • And just here the fictionist, the poet, and the public speaker will see the value of productive imagery.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • Its vastness is still almost unexplored, and whole regions in it are unknown to the fictionist.

    Literature and Life William Dean Howells
  • She was entirely urban whereas I was an absurd mixture of pioneer and trailer, fictionist and farmer.

  • Altogether and inevitably my work as a fictionist sank into an unimportant place.

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