Definition of fiction in English:

fiction

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Literature in the form of prose, especially novels, that describes imaginary events and people.

    • ‘Do you enjoy watching soap operas on tv, or reading good fiction or romance novels?’
    • ‘She began writing successful romantic fiction and historical novels.’
    • ‘Desire, power and a certain cruelty are the central motifs in the erotic fiction of Anais Nin.’
    • ‘Thus, it is no surprise there are frequent references to Milton in Melville's fiction.’
    • ‘On the one hand it publishes original fiction and prose by authors in Tamil.’
    • ‘The motives revealed throughout the novel are more than plot devices and nudge the book over towards the literary end of genre fiction.’
    • ‘Most book sections give spotty coverage to all genres except literary fiction.’
    • ‘Another area where there has been disquiet about the content of teen fiction is that of novels which engage with the realities of the world we live in today.’
    • ‘The prize is popularly seen as an award for a new novelists of adult literary fiction, but this is not the case.’
    • ‘You have to understand that it is not a genre like fiction and poetry.’
    • ‘Novels with a multi-cultural edge have become the latest trend in literary fiction.’
    • ‘We are not likely to approach a work of fiction about James as Jamesian scholars.’
    • ‘He began his writing career with genre fiction, from historical novels to vampire horror sagas.’
    • ‘Much of it was so abstract in relation to fiction or poetry as to be nearly meaningless in a literature course.’
    • ‘In literary fiction, characters fill and organize the story around them.’
    • ‘By the early seventeenth century, however, prose fiction had evolved beyond the limits of the novella.’
    • ‘In France Zola was the dominant practitioner of naturalism in prose fiction and the chief exponent of its doctrines.’
    • ‘Like all of Roth's fiction, this novel is dazzling but flawed.’
    • ‘It is not only in the landscapes of the mind, of literary fiction, and of oral tradition, that names are narrated and narration creates names.’
    • ‘Orwell, Evelyn Waugh and Belloc considered him unequalled as a writer of prose fiction.’
    novels, stories, creative writing, imaginative writing, works of the imagination, prose literature, narration, story telling
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  • 2Something that is invented or untrue:

    ‘they were supposed to be keeping up the fiction that they were happily married’
    • ‘Doubtless that is true, but the threats must be real, not fictions.’
    • ‘Now we know the threat was not ‘somehow exaggerated’ but one of Alistair Campbell's more successful fictions.’
    • ‘It is not a fiction, but a fact, because through faith there is revealed the righteousness of God.’
    • ‘The real world is composed of stories, of fictions, of narrative, and ultimately of language in the same way that the fictional world of a novel is constructed.’
    • ‘Instead, a hodgepodge of myths and fictions were promulgated to sow illusions among the strikers.’
    • ‘But the motorcycle story was such an outrageous fiction that I thought the readers of e-Poshta should know.’
    • ‘Sometimes misinformation, exaggerated fictions and relics of wartime propaganda are reported in the media.’
    • ‘And the fact that we know the island of St Gregory is a fiction doesn't help make for true grit.’
    • ‘We become, like Isabella, distorted by the stories we made up, warped by our own fictions.’
    • ‘Veggie Pride should feel ashamed for repeating fictions as if they were true.’
    • ‘For decades McGarrell has been known for complex paintings that jumble myth, invented fictions and surreal landscapes.’
    • ‘Their press release, penned by Pyro, is a more entertaining fiction than plenty of novels published this year.’
    • ‘I was to find anew the world of Romance that I had known in earliest childhood in fairy tale and daydream and in the romantic fictions of the household in which I grew up.’
    • ‘Such is our hunger for myth that we swallow fictions and reprocess them as truth.’
    • ‘Some people have interpreted these frightening scenes as exaggerated fictions concocted by the Moche to scare enemies.’
    fabrication, invention, lies, fibs, concoction, untruth, falsehood, fantasy, fancy, illusion, sham, nonsense
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    1. 2.1 A belief or statement which is false, but is often held to be true because it is expedient to do so:
      ‘the notion of the country being a democracy is a polite fiction’
      • ‘So all of the conventions created in the wake of the Second World War - the Geneva Conventions, the very concept of war crimes - these are all just polite fictions to be crumpled?’
      • ‘To give up the fiction is to give up the belief in the sanctity of human life; and this is something that few people are prepared to do.’
      • ‘Its language seemed formulaic and false, a screen of clichés and convenient fictions.’
      • ‘One of my favorite concepts in anthropology is that of the polite fiction.’
      • ‘He'll use me as a reference and they will all think it's true and subscribe to the fiction.’
      • ‘That is his function - to take the polite fictions and drag them back to the real world.’
      • ‘Pornography, like marriage and the fictions of romantic love, assists the process of false universalising.’
      • ‘He thinks he can rebuild the polite fictions of September 10.’
      • ‘There is no true dramatic debate; the fiction crashes on the rocks of op-ed.’
      • ‘Better - and safer - to maintain the polite fiction that he didn't know where she lived.’
      untruth, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, invention, piece of fiction, falsification, falsity, fairy story, fairy tale, cock and bull story, barefaced lie
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘invented statement’): via Old French from Latin fictio(n-), from fingere form, contrive. Compare with feign and figment.

Pronunciation

fiction

/ˈfɪkʃ(ə)n/