Story vs. Anecdote

By Jaxson

  • Anecdote

    An anecdote is a brief, revealing account of an individual person or an incident: “a story with a point,” such as to communicate an abstract idea about a person, place, or thing through the concrete details of a short narrative or to characterize by delineating a specific quirk or trait. Occasionally humorous, anecdotes differ from jokes because their primary purpose is not simply to provoke laughter but to reveal a truth more general than the brief tale itself.

    Anecdotes may be real or fictional; the anecdotal digression is a common feature of literary works and even oral anecdotes typically involve subtle exaggeration and dramatic shape designed to entertain the listener. An anecdote is always presented as the recounting of a real incident involving actual persons and usually in an identifiable place. In the words of Jürgen Hein, they exhibit “a special realism” and “a claimed historical dimension.”

  • Story (noun)

    A sequence of real or fictional events; or, an account of such a sequence.

    “The book tells the story of two roommates.”

  • Story (noun)

    A lie, fiction.

    “You’ve been telling stories again, haven’t you?”

  • Story (noun)

    A soap opera.

    “What will she do without being able to watch her stories?”

  • Story (noun)


  • Story (noun)

    A sequence of events, or a situation, such as might be related in an account.

    “What’s the story with him?”

    “I tried it again; same story, no error message, nothing happened.”

    “ux|en|The images it captured help tell a story of extreme loss: 25 percent of its ice and four of its 19 glaciers have disappeared since 1957. File:The images it captured help tell a story.ogg”

  • Story (noun)

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  • Story (noun)

    A building or edifice.

  • Story (noun)

    A floor or level of a building; a storey.


    “Our shop was on the fourth story of the building, so we had to install an elevator.”

  • Story (verb)

    To tell as a story; to relate or narrate about.

  • Anecdote (noun)

    A short account of a real incident or person, often humorous or interesting.

  • Anecdote (noun)

    An account which supports an argument, but which is not supported by scientific or statistical analysis.

  • Anecdote (noun)

    A previously untold secret account of an incident.

  • Story (noun)

    an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment

    “I’m going to tell you a story”

    “an adventure story”

  • Story (noun)

    a plot or storyline

    “the novel has a good story”

  • Story (noun)

    a report of an item of news in a newspaper, magazine, or broadcast

    “stories in the local papers”

  • Story (noun)

    a piece of gossip; a rumour

    “there have been lots of stories going around, as you can imagine”

  • Story (noun)

    a false statement; a lie

    “Ellie never told stories—she had always believed in the truth”

  • Story (noun)

    an account of past events in someone’s life or in the development of something

    “the film is based on a true story”

    “the story of modern farming”

  • Story (noun)

    a particular person’s representation of the facts of a matter

    “during police interviews, Harper changed his story”

  • Story (noun)

    a situation viewed in terms of the information known about it or its similarity to another

    “United kept on trying but it was the same old story—no luck”

    “having such information is useful, but it is not the whole story”

  • Story (noun)

    the facts about the present situation

    “What’s the story on this man? Is he from around here?”

  • Story (noun)

    the commercial prospects or circumstances of a particular company

    “the investors’ flight to profitable businesses with solid stories”

  • Story (noun)

    variant spelling of storey

  • Anecdote (noun)

    a short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person

    “he told anecdotes about his job”

  • Anecdote (noun)

    an account regarded as unreliable or hearsay

    “his wife’s death has long been the subject of rumour and anecdote”

  • Anecdote (noun)

    the depiction of a minor narrative incident in a painting

    “the use of inversions of hierarchy, anecdote, and paradox by Magritte, Dali, and others”

Oxford Dictionary

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