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Meaning of FABLE

Pronunciation:  'feybul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
  2. [n]  a short moral story (often with animal characters)
  3. [n]  a deliberately false or improbable account

FABLE is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: allegory, apologue, fabrication, fiction, legend, parable
 See Also: Aesop's fables, Arthurian legend, canard, false statement, falsehood, falsity, story, untruth



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fa"ble\ (f[=a]"b'l), n. [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.
    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.
    4. Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
             It would look like a fable to report that this
             gentleman gives away a great fortune by secret
             methods.                              --Addison.
  2. \Fa"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fabled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
  3. \Fa"ble\, v. t.
    To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or
    real; to tell of falsely.
          The hell thou fablest.                   --Milton.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of reading fables, represents your literary mind and romantic notions. Dreaming that you are living a fable, symbolizes your need to face reality. It is better to face a situation head on then to retreat into a fantasy world.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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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