Definition of Fable

1. Noun. A deliberately false or improbable account.

Exact synonyms: Fabrication, Fiction
Generic synonyms: Falsehood, Falsity, Untruth
Specialized synonyms: Canard
Derivative terms: Fabulist, Fabulous, Fabricate, Fictional, Fictionalize, Fictitious



2. Noun. A short moral story (often with animal characters).
Exact synonyms: Allegory, Apologue, Parable
Generic synonyms: Story
Specialized synonyms: Aesop's Fables
Specialized synonyms: Pilgrim's Progress
Derivative terms: Allegorical, Allegorise, Allegorise, Allegorize, Allegorize, Fabulist, Fabulous, Parabolic, Parabolical

3. Noun. A story about mythical or supernatural beings or events.
Exact synonyms: Legend
Examples of category: Grail, Holy Grail, Sangraal, King Arthur's Round Table, Round Table, Hagiology, Midas, Sisyphus, Tristan, Tristram, Iseult, Isolde
Generic synonyms: Story
Specialized synonyms: Arthurian Legend
Derivative terms: Fabulist, Fabulous, Legendary

Definition of Fable

1. n. 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.

2. v. i. To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true.

3. v. t. To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.

Definition of Fable

1. Noun. A fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept, usually with animals, birds etc as characters; an apologue. Prototypically, Aesop's Fables. ¹

2. Noun. Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk. ¹

3. Noun. Fiction; untruth; falsehood. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive archaic) To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive archaic) To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Fable

1. to compose or tell fictitious tales [v -BLED, -BLING, -BLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fable

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fabella
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fabes con amasueles
fabian
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fabids
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fable (current term)
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fabric mulch

Literary usage of Fable

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"His attention was first called to the fable by Gellert's popular work published in 1746. Gellert's fables were closely modelled after La Fontaine's, ..."

2. Songs and Ballads of the American Revolution by Henry Llewellyn Williams, jr (1905)
"It afterwards appeared as " A fable, in the way of a song, for the rebels," over the ... Let me, as well as I am able, Present your Congress with a fable. ..."

3. English Literature: An Illustrated Record by Richard Garnett, Edmund Gosse (1903)
"Some of the books he published were of a class which gave his enemies juster occasion for scandal than The fable of the Bees, but he was left untroubled. ..."

4. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"... A fable From <The Lantern-Bearers' THERE is one fable that touches very near the quick of life: the fable of the monk who passed into the woods, ..."

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