A fiction is a deliberately fabricated account of something. It can also be a literary work based on imagination rather than on fact, like a novel or short story.

The Latin word fictus means “to form,” which seems like a good source for the English word fiction, since fiction is formed in the imagination. Like its literary cousins fable, legend, and myth, however, fiction has a slightly darker additional meaning: a deliberate lie or untruth. When we talk about "the line between fact and fiction," we're talking about the difference between truth and lies.

Definitions of fiction
  1. noun
    a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
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    a work of fiction describing an imaginary place where life is extremely bad because of deprivation or oppression or terror
    an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
    fantasy, phantasy
    fiction with a large amount of imagination in it
    a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events
    a work of fiction describing a utopia
    a genre of fiction that evokes suspense and feelings of fear
    detective novel, mystery novel
    novel in which the reader is challenged to solve a puzzle before the detective explains it at the end
    dime novel, penny dreadful
    a melodramatic paperback novel
    science fiction
    literary fantasy involving the imagined impact of science on society
    novelette, novella
    a short novel
    roman a clef
    a novel in which actual persons and events are disguised as fictional characters
    a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life
    roman fleuve
    a French novel in the form of a long chronicle of a family or other social group
    adventure story, heroic tale
    a story of an adventure
    mystery, mystery story, whodunit
    a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
    love story, romance
    a story dealing with love
    fable, legend
    a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
    short story
    a prose narrative shorter than a novel
    allegory, apologue, fable, parable
    a short moral story (often with animal characters)
    a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
    (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message
    the story that is told as in a novel, play, movie, etc.
    a novel that focuses on the intellectual, moral, and psychological growth of the main character
    type of:
    literary composition, literary work
    imaginative or creative writing
  2. noun
    a deliberately false or improbable account
    synonyms: fable, fabrication
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    a deliberately misleading fabrication
    type of:
    falsehood, falsity, untruth
    a false statement
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