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fable

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fable \Fa"ble\ (f[=a]"b'l), noun [F., fr. L. fabula, fr. fari to speak, say. See {Ban}, and cf. {Fabulous}, {Fame}.]

1. A Feigned story or tale, intended to instruct or amuse; a fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept; an apologue. See the Note under {Apologue}.

Jotham's fable of the trees is the oldest extant. --Addison.

Note: A fable may have talking animals anthropomorphically cast as humans representing different character types, sometimes illustrating some moral principle; as, Aesop's Fables. [PJC]

2. The plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.

The moral is the first business of the poet; this being formed, he contrives such a design or fable as may be most suitable to the moral. --Dryden.

3. Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk. "Old wives' fables. " --1 Tim. iv. 7.

We grew The fable of the city where we dwelt. --Tennyson.

4. Fiction; untruth; falsehood.

It would look like a fable to report that this gentleman gives away a great fortune by secret methods. --Addison.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fable \Fa"ble\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Fabled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fabling}.] To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction; to write or utter what is not true. "He Fables not." --Shak.

Vain now the tales which fabling poets tell. --Prior.

He fables, yet speaks truth. --M. Arnold.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fable \Fa"ble\, verb (used with an object) To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.

The hell thou fablest. --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fable

noun

1: a deliberately false or improbable account [syn: {fabrication}, {fiction}, {fable}]

2: a short moral story (often with animal characters) [syn: {fable}, {parable}, {allegory}, {apologue}]

3: a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events [syn: {legend}, {fable}]

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