fable

[fey-buhl]
noun
1.
a short tale to teach a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters; apologue: the fable of the tortoise and the hare; Aesop's fables.
2.
a story not founded on fact: This biography is largely a self-laudatory fable.
3.
a story about supernatural or extraordinary persons or incidents; legend: the fables of gods and heroes.
4.
legends or myths collectively: the heroes of Greek fable.
5.
an untruth; falsehood: This boast of a cure is a medical fable.
6.
the plot of an epic, a dramatic poem, or a play.
7.
idle talk: old wives' fables.
verb (used without object), fabled, fabling.
8.
to tell or write fables.
9.
to speak falsely; lie: to fable about one's past.
verb (used with object), fabled, fabling.
10.
to describe as if actually so; talk about as if true: She is fabled to be the natural daughter of a king.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English fable, fabel, fabul < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fābula a story, tale, equivalent to () to speak + -bula suffix of instrument

fabler, noun
outfable, verb (used with object), outfabled, outfabling.
unfabling, adjective

fable, legend, myth (see synonym study at legend).


1. See legend.
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fable (ˈfeɪbəl)
 
n
1.  a short moral story, esp one with animals as characters
2.  a false, fictitious, or improbable account; fiction or lie
3.  a story or legend about supernatural or mythical characters or events
4.  legends or myths collectivelyRelated: fabulous
5.  archaic the plot of a play or of an epic or dramatic poem
 
vb
6.  to relate or tell (fables)
7.  (intr) to speak untruthfully; tell lies
8.  (tr) to talk about or describe in the manner of a fable: ghosts are fabled to appear at midnight
 
Related: fabulous
 
[C13: from Latin fābula story, narrative, from fārī to speak, say]
 
'fabler
 
n

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Word Origin & History

fable
c.1300, from O.Fr. fable, from L. fabula "story, play, fable," lit. "that which is told," from fari "speak, tell," from PIE base *bha- "speak" (see fame). Sense of "animal story" comes from Aesop. In modern folklore terms, defined as "a short, comic tale making a moral point
about human nature, usually through animal characters behaving in human ways." Most trace to Greece or India.
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Fable definition


applied in the New Testament to the traditions and speculations, "cunningly devised fables", of the Jews on religious questions (1 Tim. 1:4; 4:7; 2 Tim. 4:4; Titus 1:14; 2 Pet. 1:16). In such passages the word means anything false and unreal. But the word is used as almost equivalent to parable. Thus we have (1) the fable of Jotham, in which the trees are spoken of as choosing a king (Judg. 9:8-15); and (2) that of the cedars of Lebanon and the thistle as Jehoash's answer to Amaziah (2 Kings 14:9).

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fable

narrative form, usually featuring animals that behave and speak as human beings, told in order to highlight human follies and weaknesses. A moral-or lesson for behaviour-is woven into the story and often explicitly formulated at the end. (See also beast fable.)

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Example sentences
Perhaps they're part fable, perhaps their part fantasy.
The first link provides the fable and moral of the story.
After two centuries of paleontological harvest, the evidence seems stranger
  than any fable, and continues to get stranger.
Of course, the moral of this fable is to not let things get you down.
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