Fiction vs. Nonfiction

By Jaxson

  • Fiction

    Fiction broadly refers to any narrative that is derived from the imagination—in other words, not based strictly on history or fact. It can also refer, more narrowly, to narratives written only in prose (the novel and short story), and is often used as a synonym for the novel.

  • Fiction (noun)

    Literary type using invented or facts, usually written as prose.

    “The company’s accounts contained a number of blatant fictions.”

    “I am a great reader of fiction.”

  • Fiction (noun)

    A verbal or written account that is not based on actual events (often intended to mislead).

    “The butler’s account of the crime was pure fiction.”

  • Fiction (noun)

    A legal fiction.

  • Nonfiction (noun)

    Written works intended to give facts, or true accounts of real things and events. Often used attributively.

    “Encyclopedias, how-to manuals and biographies are all considered nonfiction and so are kept in the nonfiction section.”

  • Fiction (noun)

    literature in the form of prose, especially novels, that describes imaginary events and people.

  • Fiction (noun)

    something that is invented or untrue

    “they were supposed to be keeping up the fiction that they were happily married”

  • Fiction (noun)

    a belief or statement which 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”

Oxford Dictionary

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