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  • 1mass noun Literature in the form of prose that describes imaginary events and people.

    novels, stories, creative writing, imaginative writing, works of the imagination, prose literature, narration, story telling
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  • 2Something that is invented or untrue.

    • ‘they were supposed to be keeping up the fiction that they were happily married’
    fabrication, invention, lies, fibs, concoction, trumped-up story, fake news, alternative fact, untruth, falsehood, fantasy, fancy, illusion, sham, nonsense
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    1. 2.1A belief or statement that is false but is often held to be true because it is expedient to do so.
      • ‘the notion of the country being a democracy is a polite fiction’
      untruth, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, fake news, invention, piece of fiction, fiction, falsification, falsity, fairy story, fairy tale, cock and bull story, barefaced lie
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/ˈfikSHən/ /ˈfɪkʃən/


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘invented statement’): via Old French from Latin fictio(n-), from fingere ‘form, contrive’. Compare with feign and figment.