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ˈpær ə bəlpara·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fable, parable, allegory, apologuenoun

    a short moral story (often with animal characters)

  2. parablenoun

    (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message

    "the parable of the prodigal son"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parableadjective


    Etymology: [L. parabilis, fr. parare to provide.]

  2. Parablenoun

    a comparison; a similitude; specifically, a short fictitious narrative of something which might really occur in life or nature, by means of which a moral is drawn; as, the parables of Christ

    Etymology: [L. parabilis, fr. parare to provide.]

  3. Parableverb

    to represent by parable

    Etymology: [L. parabilis, fr. parare to provide.]


  1. Parable

    A parable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive principles, or lessons, or a normative principle. It differs from a fable in that fables use animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters, while parables generally feature human characters. It is a type of analogy. Some scholars of the Canonical gospels and the New Testament apply the term "parable" only to the parables of Jesus, though that is not a common restriction of the term. Parables such as "The Prodigal Son" are central to Jesus' teaching method in both the canonical narratives and the apocrypha.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parable

    par′a-bl, n. a comparison: a fable or story of something which might have happened, told to illustrate some doctrine, or to make some duty clear: (B.) an apologue, proverb (Ps. lxxviii. 2, Hab. ii. 6).—v.t. to represent by a parable.—adjs. Parabol′ic, -al, like a parable or a parabola: expressed by a parable: belonging to, or of the form of, a parabola.—adv. Parabol′ically. [Gr. parabolēparaballein, to compare—para, beside, ballein, to throw.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Parable

    a short allegorical narrative intended to illustrate and convey some spiritual instruction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parable in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of parable in a Sentence

  1. Malcom Muggeridge:

    Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.

  2. John Carr:

    He is a walking, talking parable, this is a Pope who looks at the world from the bottom up and from the outside in. I think he brings to Congress and the White House a different perspective than they are used to hearing.

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