Definition of "fable" [fa•ble]

  • (noun) A usually short narrative making an edifying or cautionary point and often employing as characters animals that speak and act like humans.
  • (noun) A story about legendary persons and exploits.
  • (noun) A falsehood; a lie.
  • (verb-transitive) To recount as if true.
  • (verb-intransitive) Archaic To compose fables.
  • (noun) a short moral story, esp one with animals as characters
  • (noun) a false, fictitious, or improbable account; fiction or lie
  • (noun) a story or legend about supernatural or mythical characters or events
  • (noun) legends or myths collectively
  • (noun) the plot of a play or of an epic or dramatic poem
  • (verb) to relate or tell (fables)
  • (verb) to speak untruthfully; tell lies
  • (verb) to talk about or describe in the manner of a fable

Use "fable" in a sentence

  • "[Footnote: For an explanation of the term fable, see page 236.] 1."
  • "While I think the book has an intriguing premise, calling it a fable is a stretch."
  • "Othellos, the Don Juans that illustrate to us that the fable is a game of chess played over and over again, a thousand times with whatever pieces destiny throws up at any given time."

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