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”).
- Rhymes: -ɪkʃən
- Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose.
- The company’s accounts contained a number of blatant fictions.
- I am a great reader of fiction.
- the fiction section of the library
- 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., [...].
- (uncountable) A verbal or written account that is not based on actual events (often intended to mislead).
- The butler’s account of the crime was pure fiction.
- separate the fact from the fiction
- (law) A legal fiction.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- fiction in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- fiction in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- fiction at OneLook Dictionary Search
- "fiction" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 134.
fiction f (plural fictions)