What does fiction mean?

Definitions for fiction
ˈfɪk ʃənfic·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fictionnoun

    a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

  2. fabrication, fiction, fablenoun

    a deliberately false or improbable account


  1. fictionnoun

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

  2. fictionnoun


    The butler's account of the crime was pure fiction.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fictionnoun

    Etymology: fictio, Latin; fiction, French.

    If the presence of God in the image, by a mere fiction of the mind, be a sufficient ground to worship that image, is not God’s real presence in every creature a far better ground to worship it? Edward Stillingfleet.

    Fiction is of the essence of poetry, as well as of painting: there is a resemblance in one of human bodies, things, and actions, which are not real; and in the other of a true story by a fiction. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    If through mine ears pierce any consolations,
    By wise discourse, sweet tunes, or poets fictions;
    If ought I cease these hideous exclamations,
    While that my soul, she, she lives in affliction. Philip Sidney.

    So also was the fiction of those golden apples kept by a dragon, taken from the serpent, which tempted Evah. Walter Raleigh.


  1. Fiction

    Fiction generally is a narrative form, in any medium, consisting of people, events, or places that are imaginary—in other words, not based strictly on history or fact. It also commonly refers, more narrowly, to written narratives in prose and often specifically novels. In film, it generally corresponds to narrative film in opposition to documentary.


  1. fiction

    Fiction is a type of literary work that originates from the imagination of the author and is not based on fact or reality. It can include novels, short stories, plays, and other narrative forms. This genre utilizes creative writing and storytelling to craft characters, plots, themes, and settings that may be inspired by real-world elements but are not intended to portray actual events or characters.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fictionnoun

    the act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a mere fiction of the mind

  2. Fictionnoun

    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

  3. Fictionnoun

    fictitious literature; comprehensively, all works of imagination; specifically, novels and romances

  4. Fictionnoun

    an assumption of a possible thing as a fact, irrespective of the question of its truth

  5. Fictionnoun

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


  1. Fiction

    Fiction is the form of any work that deals, in part or in whole, with information or events that are not factual, but rather, imaginary and theoretical—that is, invented by the author. Although fiction describes a major branch of literary work, it may also refer to theatrical, cinematic, or musical work. Fiction contrasts with non-fiction, which deals exclusively with factual events, descriptions, observations, etc..

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fiction

    fik′shun, n. a feigned or false story: a falsehood: romance: the novel, story-telling as a branch of literature: a supposition of law that a thing is true, which is either certainly not true, or at least is as probably false as true.—adj. Fic′tional.—n. Fic′tionist, a writer of fiction.—adj. Ficti′tious, imaginary: not real: forged.—adv. Ficti′tiously.—adj. Fic′tive, fictitious, imaginative.—n. Fic′tor, one who makes images of clay, &c. [Fr.,—L. fiction-emfictus, pa.p. of fingĕre.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The Constitutional fiat that "all men are created equal."

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fiction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4544

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fiction' in Nouns Frequency: #1778

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fiction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fiction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fiction in a Sentence

  1. Christopher Haug:

    In our story it is the EU that gives Russia the green light to invade Norway and the U.S. has withdrawn from NATO. It's fiction, it is not done with intention. This is a project that has been going on for a long time.

  2. Beena Ammanath:

    The challenge with new language models is they blend fact and fiction, it spreads misinformation effectively. It cannot understand the content. So it can spout out completely logical sounding content, but incorrect. And it delivers it with complete confidence.

  3. James Gray:

    If you're making a science fiction movie, they( the audience) can't have any of those assumptions. You're creating an entire world, so, then you have to hang your clothes on a clothesline that has a very simple mythic through-line.

  4. Dr Jaffe:

    Unfortunately, too, from a public relations standpoint, both microwaves and lasers have negative connotations for most people because they associate microwaves with the oven in their kitchen and lasers with science fiction space battles.

  5. Thomas Edison:

    Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction--faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.

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