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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun fiction:


Definition of the noun fiction

What does fiction mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: fictions

  1. a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: literary composition / literary work = imaginative or creative writing
    • more specific words:
      • dystopia = a work of fiction describing an imaginary place where life is extremely bad because of deprivation or oppression or terror
      • novel = an extended fictional work in prose
      • phantasy / fantasy = fiction with a large amount of imagination in it
      • story = a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events
      • utopia = a work of fiction describing a utopia
  2. a deliberately false or improbable account

Alternative definition of the noun fiction


  1. Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose.
  2. [uncountable] Invention.


  1. Fiction is a musical group.
    • album: "Neverending Party: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground"
  2. Fiction a.k.a. GILLE' LOVES is a musical group.
  3. Fiction is a musical group, record producers.
  4. FICTION is a musical group.
  5. Fiction is a musical group.
    • album: "The Big Other"

There are other groups with in their name, like Fiction 8, In Fiction, Hot Fiction, Falb Fiction, From Fiction, Holy Fiction, Black Fiction, Fiction Plane, Fiction Scene, Final Fiction, Gonzo Fiction, Sonic Fiction, Fiction Family, City in Fiction, Fiction Factory, Fiction Romance, American Fiction, Pleasant Fiction, Something Fiction and The Great Fiction.


Fiction a.k.a. Fiction Records is a British label founded by Chris Parry in 1978 that is best known for being the home of The Cure for over 20 years. Formerly independent, the label is now owned by Polydor, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.


  1. "Fiction" is the eighth studio album by the Swedish melodic death metal band, Dark Tranquillity.
  2. "Fiction" is Yuki Kajiura's first solo album, containing remixes of her previous anime work as well as original songs. The Japanese edition features three bonus songs.
  3. "Fiction" is a 2011 single by the South Korean band Beast.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  4. "Fiction" is a musical single of Orgy.
  5. "Fiction" is a composition performed by the South Korean group Beast.
    • music by Shinsadong Tiger
    • award:
      • Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Dance Performance - Male Group nomination for Beast
      • Mnet Asian Music Award for Song of the Year nomination for Beast
      • Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Dance Performance - Male Group, received by Beast
  6. "Fiction" was released in 1982 on Polydor Records. It was The Comsat Angels' third album. The album was reissued on CD twice, in 1995 by RPM Records and in 2006 by Renascent Records, with different track listings. The album peaked at #94 in the UK charts in September 1982.
  7. "Fiction" is the only album released by Christian artists Mukala.
  8. "Fiction", often stylized as fiction is Taiwanese Mandopop artist Yoga Lin's fourth Mandarin studio album. It was released on 22 June 2012 by HIM International Music. It was ranked no. 1 in Taipei Times's list of top five Mandarin albums of 2012. Yoga Lin co-produced most songs on the album, and participated in the writing of the lyrics and mixing of the songs.
  9. "Fiction" is a musical album of Dark Tranquillity.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  10. "Fiction" is a composition.
  11. "Fiction" is a musical album of FICTION.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  12. "Fiction" is a 2013 album by The xx.
    • released on
  13. "Fiction" is a musical album of Jaïa.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  14. "Fiction" is a musical album of Fictional.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  15. "Fiction" is a composition.
  16. "Fiction" is a musical EP of Brtschitsch & Galluzzi.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  17. "Fiction" a.k.a. "(Fiction)" is a musical album of Xingu Hill.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  18. "Fiction" is a musical album of Incommunicado.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  19. "Fiction" is a musical album of Eskaton.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  20. "Fiction" is a musical album of Eskaton.
    • released in (32 years ago)
  21. "Fiction" is a musical album of Cyan.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  22. "Fiction" a.k.a. "Fiction_" is a musical album of Koan.
    • released on
  23. "Fiction" is a musical album of Matt Mitchell.
    • released on
  24. "Fiction" is a musical EP of Steve Barnes.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  25. "Fiction" is a musical album of Quatuor Ébène.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  26. "Fiction" is a composition.
  27. "Fiction" is a musical album of Jim Christopher.
    • released in (18 years ago)


"Fiction" is a book by R. S. Gwynn.

  • genre: Fiction
  • subjects: British Isles, Literature, Literary criticism, Short story, Classics, History


  1. "Fiction": Ficció is a 2006 Spanish drama film directed by Cesc Gay. The film follows a couple in their thirties who fall in love during a brief encounter, while vacationing on the Pyrenees.
  2. "Fiction" is a 2013 short film directed by Lara Rabah.
  3. "Fiction" a.k.a. "Kahini" is a 1997 film written and directed by Malay Bhattacharya.


Fiction is a literary magazine founded in 1972 by Mark Jay Mirsky, Donald Barthelme, and Max Frisch. It is published by the City College of New York. This is not the same as the French magazine Fiction, published from 1953-1990.

Phrases with Fiction

  1. Fan fiction
  2. Pulp fiction
  3. Flash fiction
  4. Genre fiction
  5. Legal fiction
  6. Macro-Fiction
  7. Pious fiction
  8. Polite fiction
  9. Sudden Fiction
  10. Airport Fiction
  11. science fiction
  12. science-fiction
  13. Work of Fiction
  14. Historical fiction
  15. Explanatory Fiction
  16. Interactive fiction
  17. Speculative fiction
  18. Encyclopedic Fiction

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fiction

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Google previewThe Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends (2014)

by Megan M. McArdle

Historical fiction is the genre for lovers of the past.

Google previewScience, Culture and Society (2005)

Understanding Science in the 21st Century by Mark Erickson

Cultural studies and science fiction Science fiction is a product of time and place, and as such is a modern creation: a society in which science was hidden or confined to a very small sphere of influence would not create these types of ...

Google previewMen Alone (1997)

Masculinity, Individualism, and Hard-boiled Fiction by Jopi Nyman

Hard-boiled fiction is an attempt to reaffirm the disrupted masculine order of early twentieth-century America: it conveys a masculine ideology in which the autonomous individual is given as an ideal. Characteristics such as self-control are ...

Google previewSome Dreams Are Nightmares (2014)

by James Gunn

The ideal length for science fiction is the novelette.

Google previewCareer Building Through Fan Fiction Writing (2008)

New Work Based on Favorite Fiction by Miriam Segall

Fan fiction is a channel for creative writing within a setting already defined by someone else, a way to share ideas with other fans,

Google previewWisconsin Journal of Education (1897)

Fiction is a lens that will concentrate, and the resultant picture will be attractive or repellant according as the lens is turned upon...

Google previewWhodunit? (2003)

A Who's Who in Crime & Mystery Writing by Rosemary Herbert

Preface Crime fiction is the drunken cousin who crashes your daughter's wedding and accosts you for not inviting him. It's the naked angry guy in the park who shouts soliloquies that don't make sense until you're through the office door and ...

Google previewSpeaking in the Past Tense (2009)

Canadian Novelists on Writing Historical Fiction by Herb Wyile

As Clarke succinctly summarizes it, “the problem with historical fiction is that it forces a collision between real flesh-and-blood beings and events and the imaginary. Some readers cannot— cannot—separate the two.” Being a writer is in many ...

Google previewChildhood in a Global Perspective (2015)

by Karen Wells

The fiction is that race is biological and visible; that when we look at one another we know by looking how to classify one...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature (2014)

by M. Keith Booker

Science fiction films have been among the most successful (and beloved) films in cinematic history, while science fiction television series such as Star Trek and its many spinoffs have fan bases among the most loyal in the history of popular ...

Google previewThe Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2012)

by George Mann

The award is administered jointly by the SCIENCE FICTION FOUNDATION and the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION, anda panelofsixjudges decide first asixbook shortlist, thena winner.Thewinner is awarded with aplaque and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers (2009)

by Lee Server

But readers loved Quinn's fast, colorful, easily digested fiction, and the magazine was always eager to promote the newest case from the “hellfire files” of Jules de Grandin, occult detective, a Frenchman with grammatical peccadillos in English, ...

Google previewDictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1995-1999 (2002)

Books of Recognized Merit by Alethea Helbig, Agnes Perkins

Whether the books are historical fiction or fantasy or set in the here and now, as a whole they continue the trend toward "reality" or "shock" programming prevalent in the last couple of decades on television, in movies, and in adult literature.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Noted Names of Fiction (1866)

Including Also Familiar Pseudonyms, Surnames Bestowed on Eminent Men, and Analogous Popular Appellations Often Referred to in Literature and Conversation by William Adolphus Wheeler


Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Novel (2014)

WEGNER Darko Suvin defines science fiction as a genre whose “ necessary and sufficient conditions are the presence and interaction of estrangement and cognition, and whose main formal device is an imaginative framework ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the British Short Story (2015)

by Andrew Maunder

fiction. The term modernism is used to define a loose literary movement of the early20thcentury; itsdates aresubject toquestion, but some critics situate it between about 1890 and the outbreak of World War II. It can also be used to denote a ...

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Quotes about Fiction

My old English buddy, John Rackham, wrote and told me what made science fiction different from all other kinds of literature - science fiction is written according to the science fiction method. (Frederik Pohl)
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Scrabble value of F4I1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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