Definitions for: Parable

[n] a short moral story (often with animal characters)
[n] (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message; "the parable of the prodigal son"

Webster (1913) Definition: Par"a*ble, a. [L. parabilis, fr. parare to provide.]
Procurable. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

Par"a*ble, n. [F. parabole, L. parabola, fr. Gr. ? a
placing beside or together, a comparing, comparison, a
parable, fr. ? to throw beside, compare; ? beside + ? to
throw; cf. Skr. gal to drop. Cf. Emblem, Gland,
Palaver, Parabola, Parley, Parabole, Symbol.]
A comparison; a similitude; specifically, a short fictitious
narrative of something which might really occur in life or
nature, by means of which a moral is drawn; as, the parables
of Christ. --Chaucer.

Declare unto us the parable of the tares. --Matt. xiii.

Syn: See Allegory, and Note under Apologue.

Par"a*ble, v. t.
To represent by parable. [R.]

Which by the ancient sages was thus parabled. --Milton.

Synonyms: allegory, apologue, fable

See Also: Aesop's fables, story

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