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suspension of disbelief

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  • n. People's acceptance, for the sake of appreciation of art (including literature and the like), of what they know to be a nonfactual premise of the work of art.

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  • "A semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith." -Biographia Literaria, 1817

    Coleridge coined the phrase later epitomized by the Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme song.

    March 5, 2018