the popularity of South American fiction

novels, stories, (creative) writing, (prose) literature; informal lit

the president dismissed the allegation as absolute fiction

fabrication, invention, lies, fibs, untruth, falsehood, fantasy, nonsense
fiction, deception, fable, fabrication, falsehood, figment
If a young child tells you there is a dinosaur under his bed, you might assume that his story is a fiction, but it is probably a figment. A fiction is a story that is invented either to entertain or to deceive (her excuse was ingenious, but it was pure fiction), while figment suggests the operation of fancy or imagination (a figment of his imagination). If a child hides his sandwich under the sofa cushions and tells you that a dinosaur ate it, this would be a fabrication, which is a story that is intended to deceive. Unlike a figment, which is mostly imagined, a fabrication is a false but thoughtfully constructed story in which some truth is often interwoven (the city's safety record was a fabrication designed to lure tourists downtown). A falsehood is basically a lie — a statement or story that one knows to be false but tells with intent to deceive (a deliberate falsehood about where the money had come from). A deception, on the other hand, is an act that deceives but not always intentionally (a foolish deception designed to prevent her parents from worrying). A fable is a fictitious story that deals with events or situations that are clearly fantastic, impossible, or incredible. It often gives animals or inanimate objects the power to speak and conveys a lesson of practical wisdom, as in Aesop's Fables.

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  • fiction — [ fiksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIIe; lat. fictio, de fictus, p. p. de fingere → feindre 1 ♦ Vx Mensonge. « Si la fiction est excusable, c est où il faut feindre de l amitié » (La Bruyère). 2 ♦ (v. 1361) Construction de l imagination (opposé à réalité).⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Fiction — is the telling of stories which are not real. More specifically, fiction is an imaginative form of narrative, one of the four basic rhetorical modes. Although the word fiction is derived from the Latin fingo, fingere, finxi, fictum , to form,… …   Wikipedia

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  • Fiction — Fic tion, n. [F. fiction, L. fictio, fr. fingere, fictum to form, shape, invent, feign. See {Feign}.] 1. The act of feigning, inventing, or imagining; as, by a mere fiction of the mind. Bp. Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is feigned,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fiction — fic·tion n: legal fiction fic·tion·al adj Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. fiction …   Law dictionary

  • fiction — fiction, figment, fabrication, fable are comparable when meaning a story, an account, an explanation, or a conception which is an invention of the human mind. Fiction so strongly implies the use of the imagination that it serves as the class name …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • -fiction — ÉTYM. (V. 1960). ❖ ♦ Élément de noms composés, sur le modèle de science fiction, et qui signifie « qui relève de l imaginaire », ou « qui relève de l utopie ». 0 Un journaliste a décrit cette mécanique d un effrayant pouvoir dans un roman de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • fiction — Fiction. s. f. v. Invention fabuleuse. Fiction poëtique. ce poëme est rempli de belles fictions. il y a des fictions qui touchent plus que la verité. la fiction est quelquefois plus agreable que la verité mesme. Il se prend aussi, pour Mensonge,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Fiction —   [ fɪkʃn; englisch, Fiktion], Sammelbezeichnung für fiktive Literatur, Prosadichtungen, Romane, Science fiction (soweit nicht dokumentarisch); Gegensatz Non Fiction u. a. für dokumentarische Literatur, Sachbücher, historische Werke …   Universal-Lexikon

  • fiction — (izg. fȉkšn) m DEFINICIJA 1. knjiž. a. književni tekst čiji je sadržaj proizvod mašte, nije nužno da odgovara činjenicama iz povijesti ili suvremenosti b. književna vrsta koja uključuje tekstove ove vrste, opr. faction 2. razg. proizvod mašte… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

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