from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An imaginative creation or a pretense that does not represent actuality but has been invented.
- n. The act of inventing such a creation or pretense.
- n. A lie.
- n. A literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact.
- n. The category of literature comprising works of this kind, including novels and short stories.
- n. Law Something untrue that is intentionally represented as true by the narrator.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose.
- n. Invention.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining.
- n. 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.
- n. Fictitious literature; comprehensively, all works of imagination; specifically, novels and romances.
- n. An assumption of a possible thing as a fact, irrespective of the question of its truth.
- n. Any like assumption made for convenience, as for passing more rapidly over what is not disputed, and arriving at points really at issue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of making or fashioning.
- n. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; a false deduction or conclusion: as, to be misled by a mere fiction of the brain.
- n. That which is feigned, invented, or imagined; a feigned story; an account which is a product of mere imagination; a false statement.
- n. In literature: A prose work (not dramatic) of the imagination in narrative form; a story; a novel.
- n. Collectively, literature consisting of imaginative narration; story-telling.
- n. 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. 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.
- n. Synonyms Fabrication, figment, fable, untruth, falsehood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a deliberately false or improbable account
- n. a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
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The story is fiction or fact -- if _fiction_, why has it not been nailed to the wall?
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