Definitions for: Fable

[n] a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
[n] a short moral story (often with animal characters)
[n] a deliberately false or improbable account

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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.

Synonyms: allegory, apologue, fabrication, fiction, legend, parable

See Also: Aesop's fables, Arthurian legend, canard, false statement, falsehood, falsity, story, untruth

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