- Fiction is defined as something that is not true.
- An example of fiction is a book that is not based on a true story.
- An example of fiction is a lie that you were told.
- An example of fiction is a false belief.
- a making up of imaginary happenings; feigning
- anything made up or imagined, as a statement, story, etc.
- literary narratives, collectively, which portray imaginary characters or events, specif. novels and short stories
- a narrative of this kind
- something accepted as fact for the sake of convenience, although not necessarily true
Origin of fictionMiddle English ficcioun ; from Old French fiction ; from Classical Latin fictio, a making, counterfeiting ; from past participle of fingere, to form, mold: see dough
- a. The category of literature, drama, film, or other creative work whose content is imagined and is not necessarily based on fact.b. Works in this category: the fiction of Virginia Woolf.c. A work within this category: the shorter fictions of Faulkner.
- a. Narrative, explanatory material, or belief that is not true or has been imagined or fabricated: The notion that he was at the scene of the crime is pure fiction.b. A narrative, explanation, or belief that may seem true but is false or fabricated: “Neutrality is a fiction in an unneutral world” (Howard Zinn).
- Law A verbal contrivance that is in some sense inaccurate but that accomplishes a purpose, as in the treatment of husband and wife as one person or a corporation as an entity.
Origin of fictionMiddle English ficcioun, from Old French fiction, from Latin fictiō, fictiōn-, from fictus, past participle of fingere, to form; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.
From Old French ficcion (“dissimulation, ruse, invention”), from Latin fictionem, accusative of fictio (“a making, fashioning, a feigning, a rhetorical or legal fiction”), from fingere (“to form, mold, shape, devise, feign”).