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Fable meaning

fable - 7 dictionary results

  1. 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.
  2. 2. The plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
  3. 3. Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk.
  4. 4. Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
  5. 5. To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true.
  6. 6. To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.
  7. 7. A fictitious story; fiction embodying a general truth.

fable - examples of usage

  1. With the exception of the first Fancy, derived from a fable of Bidpai's, we have the poet's own word that all the others are inventions of his own.
  2. All that she had read and believed of the beauty of cheap and simple ornament, and the vulgarity of costliness, recurred to her as a hypocritical paraphrase of the " sour grapes" of the fox in the fable.
  3. Like the rat in the fable, he has retired into his Holland cheese and it is not likely that he will come out to make the world go otherwise than she is going.
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