Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 18th century
The act or result of fabulating; a fabrication.
(literary criticism) A style of modern fiction, similar to magical realism and postmodernism.
Examples of Fabulation in a sentence
"My grandson came home from school full of wild tales of kindergarten adventures I suspected were fabulations."
"The fantasy movie presented an image of modern-day Athens that was pure fabulation."
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“Fabulation” is based on the Latin “fābula,” meaning “narrative,” and the Latin verb “fābulor,” meaning “to talk” or “to create a story.”
Did you Know?
“Fabulation” describes the action of “fabulating,” a verb associated with creating fables. (Both “fabulation” and “fable” share the Latin root “fābula.”) As a result, “fabulation” has always referred to the telling or creating of mythical or fictional stories, though over time the term began to refer to any invented story — including stories told as lies. In modern language, “fabulation” is a loaded term: It can be used to accuse the storyteller of inventing stories without a basis in fact in the same way as it can be used to describe a children’s story full of magic and imaginary creatures.