1 taleDictionary • a popular love story with a happy ending
romance • Her taste in fiction was for historical romances.
narrative • He began his narrative with the day of the murder.
history • his magnificent history of broadcasting in Canada
version • She went public with her version of events.
novel • He had all but finished writing a first novel.
legend • the legends of ancient Greece
chronicle • this vast chronicle of Napoleonic times
yarn (informal) • Doug has a yarn or two to tell me about his trips into the bush.
recital • It was a depressing recital of childhood abuse.
2 anecdoteDictionary • The parents all shared interesting stories about their children.
anecdote • He has a talent for recollection and anecdote.
account • He gave a detailed account of what had happened that night.
tale • a collection of poems and folk tales
report • a full report of what happened here tonight
3 lieDictionary (informal) • He invented some story about a cousin.
lie • I've had enough of your lies.
falsehood • He accused them of knowingly spreading falsehoods about him.
fib • She told innocent fibs.
fiction • Total recycling is a fiction.
untruth • The Authority accused estate agents of using blatant untruths.
porky (British, slang)
pork pie (British, slang)
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accountAn account is a written or spoken report of something that has happened.
• He gave a detailed account of what had happened that night.
anecdoteAn anecdote is a short, amusing account of something that has happened.
• He has a talent for recollection and anecdote.
articleAn article is a piece of writing that is published in a newspaper or magazine.
• a newspaper article