Definitions for fableˈfeɪ bəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
fa•ble*ˈfeɪ bəl(n.; v.)-bled, -bling.
(n.)a short tale used to teach a moral, often with animals as characters.
a story not founded on fact.
a legend or myth.
(v.i.)Archaic.to tell or write fables.
(v.t.)to describe as if true.
* Syn: See legend.
Origin of fable:
1250–1300; ME < AF, OF < L fābula a story, tale =fā(ri) to speak +-bula suffix of instrument
fabrication, fiction, fable(noun)
a deliberately false or improbable account
fable, parable, allegory, apologue(noun)
a short moral story (often with animal characters)
a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a story about animals that ends with a lesson
A fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept, usually with animals, birds etc as characters; an apologue. Prototypically, Aesop's Fables.
Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk.
Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true.
To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.
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
the plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem
any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk
fiction; untruth; falsehood
to compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true
to feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely
Fable is a literary genre. A fable is a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized, and that illustrates or leads to an interpretation of a moral lesson, which may at the end be added explicitly in a pithy maxim. A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as actors that assume speech and other powers of humankind. Usage has not always been so clearly distinguished. In the King James Version of the New Testament, "μῦθος" was rendered by the translators as "fable" in First and Second Timothy, in Titus and in First Peter. A person who writes fables is a fabulist.
Translations for fable
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a story (usually about animals) that teaches a lesson about human behaviour
- fabel, sprokieAfrikaans
- fábulaPortuguese (BR)
- die FabelGerman
- حکایت اخلاقیFarsi
- prica, basnaCroatian
- cerita teladanMalay
- حکایت اخلاقیPersian
- هغه كيسه چه رښتيا نه وى خو يوه اخلا قى نتيجه ځنى اخيستله كيږىPashto
- fabl, alegoriköyküTurkish
- 寓言Chinese (Trad.)
- байка, казкаUkrainian
- حیوانی کرداروں پر مبنی سبق آموز کہانیUrdu
- truyện ngụ ngônVietnamese
- 寓言Chinese (Simp.)
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