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a polite fiction

A general untruth or falsehood that is accepted in place of the truth to maintain politeness, civility, or stability among a given social group. Our parents' marriage was just a polite fiction in our household up until my youngest sister was off to college. By the time the military junta overthrew the dictatorship, the promise of democratic rule was little more than a polite fiction among the citizens of the country.
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Fact is stranger than fiction,

 and Truth is stranger than fiction.
Prov. Things that really happen are harder to believe or more amazing than stories that people invent. Did you see the story in the newspaper about the criminal who attacks people with a toenail clipper? Fact is stranger than fiction! Jill: I can't believe someone's paying 900 dollars for Tom's broken-down old car—it doesn't even run. Jane: Truth is stranger than fiction.
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truth is stranger than fiction

Real life can be more remarkable than invented tales, as in In our two-month trip around the world we ran into long-lost relatives on three separate occasions, proving that truth is stranger than fiction . This expression may have been invented by Byron, who used it in Don Juan (1833).
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ˌtruth is stranger than ˈfiction

(saying) used to say that things that actually happen are often more surprising than stories that are invented
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My favorite fictional character would be a minion named Steve from the movie Despicable Me.
In his concise conclusion, Rosales Herrera reiterates the undeniable representation of the experience of exile in diasporic Cuban literature and how various authors have embedded personal accounts into their fictional texts with the ubiquitous "yo" or first-person perspective.
It means that a consciousness (be it fictional or not) cannot be represented--and this is my chief complaint against Herman's section heading ("Issues of Consciousness Representation").
Of course, with a fictional novel, history can be bent a bit, but I wanted to make things as realistic as I could.
When Fictional Account, who began her career with Dermot Weld, won at Ascot last season the victory followed a nightmare journey from Ireland.
Creators of a fictional brand may have a trademark covering the relevant product, permitting them to sue for trademark infringement, particularly where merchandising is anticipated.
Britons thought fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and pilot Biggies were real, according to the survey of 3,000 people.
My conclusion is that despite its advantages of greatly simplifying directors' decision making we should discard the fictional undiversified shareholder concept for two reasons.
too, would like to see less medical articles and more stories, preferably fictional.
The Ezekiel Option is named after the battle plan of Rosenberg's fictional former Mossad head Eliezer Mordechai, who sees the forces gathering against Israel as fulfillment of Ezekiel 38:16, wherein enemies "advance against [God's] people Israel like a cloud that covers the land.
A number of objections are presented to fictional realism, the view that fictional characters and other fictional objects really exist.
In the midst of concerns of an actual attack on Christianity, theater audiences were shocked when it was revealed that ``The Da Vinci Code'' is a fictional film based on a fictional book about a fictional controversy.
Bennett, a professor of English studies, saw the YA appeal of the story of Mary's life, and created this fictional portrait.
It's easy to identify with a fictional musician and enlightening to see what writers imagine about the lives of musicians.
While this critique is achieved in earlier pieces, several examples of which are included here, real archival material increasingly forms the basis of Raad's more recent reconstructions of historical catastrophe, wherein fictional scenarios enable the psychic processing of the traces of trauma.