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From Middle English ficcioun, from Old French ficcion (“dissimulation, ruse, invention”), from Latin fictiō (“a making, fashioning, a feigning, a rhetorical or legal fiction”), from fingō (“to form, mold, shape, devise, feign”). Displaced native Old English lēasspell (literally “false story”).
- Rhymes: -ɪkʃən
fiction (countable and uncountable, plural fictions)
- (literature) Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose.
- I am a great reader of fiction.
- the fiction section of the library
- A verbal or written account that is not based on actual events (often intended to mislead).
- The company’s accounts contained a number of blatant fictions.
- The butler’s account of the crime was pure fiction.
- separate the fact from the fiction
- 1963 June, G. Freeman Allen, “The success of diesel-hydraulics on the German Federal Railway”, in Modern Railways, page 390:
- […] in view of the facts—and some fictions—recently circulated in this country about the general performance of high-powered diesel-hydraulics of B.R., […] .
- (law) A legal fiction.
- airport fiction
- encyclopedic fiction
- explanatory fiction
- faan fiction
- fact is stranger than fiction
- fan fiction
- flash fiction
- genre fiction
- hard science fiction
- historical fiction
- imaginative fiction
- interactive fiction
- literary fiction
- message fiction
- non-mimetic fiction
- paradox of fiction
- pious fiction
- polite fiction
- proto-science fiction
- pulp fiction
- real person fiction
- slash fiction
- soft science fiction
- sudden fiction
- truth is stranger than fiction
- weird fiction
- work of fiction
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
- “fiction”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “fiction”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- fiction at OneLook Dictionary Search
- "fiction" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 134.
Inherited from Old French, borrowed from Latin fictionem (nominative of fictio).
fiction f (plural fictions)
- “fiction”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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