• WordNet 3.6
    • n fiction a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
    • n fiction a deliberately false or improbable account
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20
    • Fiction (Law) An assumption of a possible thing as a fact, irrespective of the question of its truth.
    • Fiction Any like assumption made for convenience, as for passing more rapidly over what is not disputed, and arriving at points really at issue.
    • Fiction 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."
    • Fiction 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."
    • Fiction The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a mere fiction of the mind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Books on religion outnumbered works of fiction by a 2 to 1 margin in 1870 England. Sixteen years later, novels surpassed religious works.
    • n fiction The act of making or fashioning.
    • n fiction The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; a false deduction or conclusion: as, to be misled by a mere fiction of the brain.
    • n fiction That which is feigned, invented, or imagined; a feigned story; an account which is a product of mere imagination; a false statement.
    • n fiction In literature: A prose work (not dramatic) of the imagination in narrative form; a story; a novel.
    • n fiction Collectively, literature consisting of imaginative narration; story-telling.
    • n fiction In a wide sense, not now current, any literary product of the imagination, whether in prose or verse, or in a narrative or dramatic form, or such works collectively.
    • n fiction In law, the intentional assuming as a fact of what is not such (the truth of the matter not being considered), for the purpose of administering justice without contravening settled rules or making apparent exceptions; a legal device for reforming or extending the application of the law without appearing to alter the law itself. Inasmuch as the courts cannot alter the law, but only declare it and apply it to facts ascertained by them, it was early discovered that the only way in which they could adapt the law to hard cases, or stretch it to new cases, was by pretending a state of facts to fit the rule of law it was thought just to apply. Thus it was a rule of law that a deed takes effect from delivery, and the courts had no power to alter this rule; but if a grantor fraudulently or negligently delayed delivering his deed at the time it bore date, and afterward sought to claim some unjust advantage, as having continued to be owner meanwhile, the courts, not being able to change the rule of law, would by a fiction treat the delivery as relating back to the date. So, when legislation forbade transfers of land unless made publicly by record, the courts allowed an intending grantee to sue, alleging that the land belonged to him, and the intending grantor to suffer judgment to pass; thus by a fiction creating a mode of conveyance which, for all practical purposes, preserved the privacy of titles. Direct methods of improving the rules and forms of law have in recent times superseded the invention, and for the most part the use, of fictions.
    • n fiction Synonyms Fabrication, figment, fable, untruth, falsehood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Church of Scientology was founded in 1953, at Washington DC, by US science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
    • n Fiction fik′shun a feigned or false story: a falsehood: romance: the novel, story-telling as a branch of literature: a supposition of law that a thing is true, which is either certainly not true, or at least is as probably false as true
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  • Jessamyn West
    Jessamyn West
    “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”
  • Coleman Dowell
    Coleman Dowell
    “Being is a fiction invented by those who suffer from becoming.”
  • Stephen King
    Stephen King
    “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.”
  • Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    “What is life? A frenzy. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction. And the greatest good is trivial; for all life is a dream and all dreams are dreams.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fiction, L. fictio, fr. fingere, fictum, to form, shape, invent, feign. See Feign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fiction-emfictus, pa.p. of fingĕre.


In literature:

Thus she reasoned in the approved manner of fiction.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
His fictions, therefore, are mythological.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
That is why fiction is so popular.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
Definition.+ Fiction is that form of prose narrative in which the characters, scenes, and incidents are partly or entirely imaginary.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
A study of the heroes of fiction is a study in human life.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
I have a constitutional hatred of mystery outside of fiction and the drama.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
A few of us even made a little money from it for a while, writing science fiction.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
The ideal 'state of nature' was a fiction.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
He remembered, as he said in telling me this, snuffing up the flavor of the faded cabbage-leaves as if it were the very breath of comic fiction.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Chillianwalla in fiction, 128.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall

In poetry:

"If a simile ever you need,
You are welcome to make a wasp do;
But you ne'er should mix fiction indeed
With things that are serious and true."
"Wasps In A Garden" by Charles Lamb
Tir'd of the ancient Grecian loom,
And smit with Fancy's wayward glance,
Weave they amid the Gothic gloom,
The high-wrought fiction of Romance?
"Lines To Mr. Radcliffe, On First Reading The Mysteries Of Udolpho" by Matilda Betham
Tho' fiction speaks of dying notes,
Sung by the swan in death resign'd;
Is there a tribe, that flies or floats,
Of sense, or feeling, less refin'd?
"The Swan" by William Hayley
Sing thy sorrow, sing thy gladness.
In thy songs must wind and tree
Bear the fictions of thy sadness,
Thy humanity.
For their truth is not for thee.
"To A Poet" by Alice Meynell
I love the cross, the silk, the helmet,
The minute's trace of soul of mine..
You gave me childhood - better than fiction
Now let me die at seventeen!
"Prayer" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Is plenitude of passion palled
By poverty of scorn?
Does Fiction mend where Fact has mauled?
Has Death its wisest victims called
When idiots are born?
"Abstrosophy" by Gelett Burgess

In news:

Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 9 Winner Is.
Match these fictional worlds with the dark matter magic that happens there.
Author William Podolsky outlines the numerous opportunities for those writers interested in detective fiction in this article from the January 1924 issue of The Writer.
Kids will devour historical fiction.
Well written historical fiction packs a lot of punch for readers of many ages.
Bethenny Frankel's got a new gig: fiction writer.
A sense of dislocation and exile is central to Claire Messud's fiction.
For over twenty years, in half a dozen novels, Richard Russo has followed the examples of William Faulkner and William Kennedy in choosing a single geography for his fiction.
Fictional flick mines family tales of bootleggers.
For Cory Doctorow , fiction and activism go hand in hand.
Young adult author, science-fiction novelist, blogger, website editor, magazine contributor, expert on publishing and copyright law.
TV messes with our history as it mixes fact and fiction on election eve.
The "Cosmopolis" star blurs the line between truth and fiction in a highly bizarre late night interview.
BOOKS OF THE TIMES;Outlandish Hollywood Doings (Some Are Fiction).
In his new novella Amos Oz tells a story he has told several times before, sometimes as autobiography, sometimes worked up into fiction.

In science:

As it has happened many times, the idea underlying such an approach has appeared first in Science-Fiction’s literature than in Science’s literature: it is for this reason that we suggest the lecture of the parts of concerning the logical analysis of time-travel issues in the Science Fiction’s literature.
The multihistory approach to the time-travel paradoxes of General Relativity: mathematical analysis of a toy model
Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction.
The multihistory approach to the time-travel paradoxes of General Relativity: mathematical analysis of a toy model
Beloved by science fiction writers, readily accepted, and misunderstood, by the public and fervently investigated by many physicists, including the élite of theoretical physics and cosmology, these elusive objects certainly capture the imagination.
A fresh look at some questions surrounding black holes
Gravity is “Fiction” (Chapter 7) Barnes disagrees with my referring to gravity as a “fictitious” force.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
However, the gravitational force is fiction.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning