Definition of Fiction

1. Noun. A literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact.

Generic synonyms: Literary Composition, Literary Work
Specialized synonyms: Dystopia, Novel, Fantasy, Phantasy, Story, Utopia
Derivative terms: Fictional, Fictionalize, Fictitious

2. Noun. A deliberately false or improbable account.
Exact synonyms: Fable, Fabrication
Generic synonyms: Falsehood, Falsity, Untruth
Specialized synonyms: Canard
Derivative terms: Fabulist, Fabulous, Fabricate, Fictional, Fictionalize, Fictitious

Definition of Fiction

1. n. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a mere fiction of the mind.

Definition of Fiction

1. Noun. Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose. ¹

2. Noun. Invention. ¹

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Definition of Fiction

1. a literary work whose content is produced by the imagination [n -S]

Medical Definition of Fiction

1. 1. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a mere fiction of the mind. 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. Raleigh) "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 recognised by most if not all great educators." (Dict. Of Education) 4. An assumption of a possible thing as a fact, irrespective of the question of its truth. 5. Any like assumption made for convenience, as for passing more rapidly over what is not disputed, and arriving at points really at issue. Synonym: Fabrication, invention, fable, falsehood. 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. Origin: F. Fiction, L. Fictio, fr. Fingere, fictum to form, shape, invent, feign. See Feign. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Fiction

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1. List of Books for Girls and Women and Their Clubs by George Iles, American Library Association, Augusta H Leypoldt (1895)
"Besides the acknowledged masters of fiction, the present list includes the writers ... Unfortunately, many writers of fiction enjoy wide popularity without ..."

2. Notes and Reviews by Henry James, Pierre de Chaignon la Rose (1921)
"I fiction and Sir Walter Scott TTTE opened this work with the hope of finding a ... We had long regretted the absence of any critical treatise upon fiction. ..."

3. Masters of the English Novel: A Study of Principles and Personalities by Richard Burton (1909)
"fiction, a conveniently broad term to cover all manner of story-telling, is a hoary thing and within historical limits we can but get a glimpse of its ..."

4. The American Novel by Carl Van Doren (1921)
"THE AMERICAN NOVEL CHAPTER I THE BEGINNINGS OF fiction. ARGUMENTS AND EXPERIMENTS PROSE fiction, by the outbreak of the American Revolution one of the most ..."

5. The Novels and Novelists of the Eighteenth Century, in Illustration of the by William Forsyth (1871)
"CHAPTER I. fiction IN RELATION TO FACT. — INFORMATION TO BE GLEANED FROM NOVELS. ... ¡Y object in the following work is to make use of fiction as the ..."

6. The Library and the Librarian: A Selection of Articles from the Boston by Edmund Lester Pearson (1910)
"It is with the writers of fiction that librarians have their quarrel. Only here and there do they figure in novels and tales, but never in a pleasing light. ..."

7. The Technique of the Novel: The Elements of the Art, Their Evolution and by Charles Francis Horne (1908)
"00 The shapes which fiction may assume are so many and so ... It is to supply this lack in the contemporary study of fiction that the present work is ..."

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