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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  2.  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. 
  --Sir  W. 
  Raleigh. 
 
  When  it  could  no  longer  be  denied  that  her  flight 
  had  been  voluntary,  numerous  fictions  were  invented 
  to  account  for  it  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  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.  --Dict.  of 
  Education. 
 
  4.  (Law)  An  assumption  of  a  possible  thing  as  a  fact 
  irrespective  of  the  question  of  its  truth.  --Wharton. 
 
  5.  Any  like  assumption  made  for  convenience,  as  for  passing 
  more  rapidly  over  what  is  not  disputed,  and  arriving  at 
  points  really  at  issue. 
 
  Syn:  Fabrication;  invention;  fable;  falsehood. 
 
  Usage:  {Fiction},  {Fabrication}.  Fiction  is  opposed  to  what 
  is  real;  fabrication  to  what  is  true.  Fiction  is 
  designed  commonly  to  amuse,  and  sometimes  to  instruct; 
  a  fabrication  is  always  intended  to  mislead  and 
  deceive.  In  the  novels  of  Sir  Walter  Scott  we  have 
  fiction  of  the  highest  order  The  poems  of  Ossian,  so 
  called  were  chiefly  fabrications  by  Macpherson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fiction 
  n  1:  a  literary  work  based  on  the  imagination  and  not  necessarily 
  on  fact 
  2:  a  deliberately  false  or  improbable  account  [syn:  {fabrication}, 
  {fable}] 




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