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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).

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  • enPR: fĭk′-shən, IPA(key): /ˈfɪk.ʃən/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: fic‧tion

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fiction (countable and uncountable, plural fictions)

  1. (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
  2. 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., [] .
  3. (law) A legal fiction.

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  • Irish: ficsean
  • Scottish Gaelic: ficsean

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Inherited from Old French, borrowed from Latin fictionem (nominative of fictio).

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fiction f (plural fictions)

  1. fiction

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