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Topic: LITERATURE

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin fictus, past participle of fingere 'to shape, make'

fiction

noun
     
fic‧tion
1 [uncountable]AL books and stories about imaginary people and events [≠ non-fiction]:
romantic fiction
historical fiction
2 [countable] something that people want you to believe is true but which is not true:
preserving the fiction of his happy childhood
WORD FOCUS: book WORD FOCUS: book
a book about imaginary events: novel, thriller, mystery, horror story, love story, detective story, whodunit

books about imaginary events in general: fiction, science fiction, romantic fiction, crime fiction, chick lit informal

famous or important novels, poems etc : literature

books about real events: non-fiction

a book that gives information: reference book, encyclopedia, textbook

a book about someone's life: biography, autobiography, journal, diary

someone who writes books: writer, author, novelist

a book with a hard cover: hardback /hardcover American English

a book with a cover made of paper or card: paperback


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