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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Fiction \Fic"tion\, n. [F. fiction, L. fictio, fr. fingere,
fictum to form, shape, invent, feign. See Feign.]
1. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a
mere fiction of the mind. --Bp. Stillingfleet.
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.
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 recognized by most if
not all great educators. --Dict. of
4. (Law) An assumption of a possible thing as a fact,
irrespective of the question of its truth. --Wharton.
5. Any like assumption made for convenience, as for passing
more rapidly over what is not disputed, and arriving at
points really at issue.
Syn: Fabrication; invention; fable; falsehood.
Usage: 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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a literary work based on the imagination and not
necessarily on fact
2: a deliberately false or improbable account [syn:
fabrication, fiction, fable]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
153 Moby Thesaurus words for "fiction":
Marchen, Western, Western story, Westerner, adventure story,
allegory, anecdote, apologue, apparition, article, autograph,
bedtime story, blague, brainchild, bubble, canard, chimera,
cock-and-bull story, composition, computer printout, concoction,
copy, delirium, detective story, document, draft, edited version,
eidolon, engrossment, essay, exaggeration, extravaganza, fable,
fabliau, fabrication, fair copy, fairy tale, falsehood, falsity,
fancy, fantasque, fantasy, farfetched story, farrago, fib, figment,
final draft, finished version, first draft, fish story, flam,
flimflam, flimsy, folk story, folktale, forgery, gest, ghost story,
half-truth, hallucination, holograph, horse opera, idle fancy,
illusion, imagery, imagination, imagining, insubstantial image,
invention, legal fiction, legend, letter, lie, literae scriptae,
literary artefact, literary production, literature,
little white lie, love story, lucubration, maggot, make-believe,
manuscript, matter, mendacity, misrepresentation, mystery,
mystery story, myth, mythology, mythos, narrative, nonfiction,
nursery tale, opus, original, paper, parable, parchment, penscript,
phantasm, phantom, piece, piece of writing, pious fiction, play,
poem, prevarication, printed matter, printout, production,
reading matter, recension, romance, science fiction, screed, scrip,
script, scrive, scroll, second draft, shocker, sick fancy,
slight stretching, space fiction, space opera, story,
suspense story, tale, tall story, tall tale, taradiddle,
the written word, thick-coming fancies, thriller, transcript,
transcription, trip, trumped-up story, typescript, untruth, vapor,
version, vision, whim, whimsy, white lie, whodunit, wildest dreams,
work, work of fiction, writing, yarn
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