anecdote /ˈanɪkdəʊt/

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I. noun

1. a short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person

he told anecdotes about his job.
2. an account regarded as unreliable or hearsay

[ mass noun]

his wife’s death has long been the subject of rumour and anecdote.
3. [ mass noun] the depiction of a minor narrative incident in a painting.

the use of inversions of hierarchy, anecdote, and paradox by Magritte, Dali, and others.
– origin late 17th cent.: from French, or via modern Latin from Greek anekdota ‘things unpublished’, from an- ‘not’ + ekdotos, from ekdidōnai ‘publish’.

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