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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fik-shuh n]
    • /ˈfɪk ʃən/
    • /ˈfɪk.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fik-shuh n]
    • /ˈfɪk ʃən/

Definitions of fiction word

  • noun fiction works of this class, as novels or short stories: detective fiction. 1
  • noun fiction something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story: We've all heard the fiction of her being in delicate health. 1
  • noun fiction the act of feigning, inventing, or imagining. 1
  • noun fiction an imaginary thing or event, postulated for the purposes of argument or explanation. 1
  • noun fiction Law. an allegation that a fact exists that is known not to exist, made by authority of law to bring a case within the operation of a rule of law. 1
  • noun fiction Literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people. 1

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Origin of fiction

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin fictiōn- (stem of fictiō) a shaping, hence a feigning, fiction, equivalent to fict(us) molded (past participle of fingere) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Fiction


fiction popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fiction

noun fiction

  • drama — a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, especially one intended to be acted on the stage; a play.
  • novel — Roman Law. an imperial enactment subsequent and supplementary to an imperial compilation and codification of authoritative legal materials. Usually, Novels. imperial enactments subsequent to the promulgation of Justinian's Code and supplementary to it: one of the four divisions of the Corpus Juris Civilis.
  • myth — a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.
  • imagination — the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.
  • fable — a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters; apologue: the fable of the tortoise and the hare; Aesop's fables.

Antonyms for fiction

noun fiction

  • reality — the state or quality of being real.
  • non-fiction — the branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history, and the essay (opposed to fiction and distinguished from poetry and drama).
  • truth — the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
  • fact — Fully Automated Compiling Technique

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