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fa·ble

 (fā′bəl)
n.
1. A usually short narrative making an edifying or cautionary point and often employing as characters animals that speak and act like humans.
2. A story about legendary persons and exploits.
3. A falsehood; a lie.
v. fa·bled, fa·bling, fa·bles
v.tr.
To recount as if true.
v.intr. Archaic
To compose fables.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fābula, from fārī, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

fa′bler n.

fable

(ˈfeɪbəl)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a short moral story, esp one with animals as characters
2. a false, fictitious, or improbable account; fiction or lie
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a story or legend about supernatural or mythical characters or events
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) legends or myths collectively.
5. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) archaic the plot of a play or of an epic or dramatic poem
vb
6. to relate or tell (fables)
7. (intr) to speak untruthfully; tell lies
8. (tr) to talk about or describe in the manner of a fable: ghosts are fabled to appear at midnight.
[C13: from Latin fābula story, narrative, from fārī to speak, say]
ˈfabler n

fa•ble

(ˈfeɪ bəl)

n., v. -bled, -bling. n.
1. a short tale used to teach a moral, often with animals as characters.
2. a story not founded on fact.
3. a legend or myth.
4. lie; falsehood.
v.i.
5. Archaic.to tell or write fables.
v.t.
6. to describe as if true.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fābula a story, tale =fā(ri) to speak + -bula suffix of instrument]
fa′bler, n.
syn: See legend.

fable


Past participle: fabled
Gerund: fabling

Imperative
fable
fable
Present
I fable
you fable
he/she/it fables
we fable
you fable
they fable
Preterite
I fabled
you fabled
he/she/it fabled
we fabled
you fabled
they fabled
Present Continuous
I am fabling
you are fabling
he/she/it is fabling
we are fabling
you are fabling
they are fabling
Present Perfect
I have fabled
you have fabled
he/she/it has fabled
we have fabled
you have fabled
they have fabled
Past Continuous
I was fabling
you were fabling
he/she/it was fabling
we were fabling
you were fabling
they were fabling
Past Perfect
I had fabled
you had fabled
he/she/it had fabled
we had fabled
you had fabled
they had fabled
Future
I will fable
you will fable
he/she/it will fable
we will fable
you will fable
they will fable
Future Perfect
I will have fabled
you will have fabled
he/she/it will have fabled
we will have fabled
you will have fabled
they will have fabled
Future Continuous
I will be fabling
you will be fabling
he/she/it will be fabling
we will be fabling
you will be fabling
they will be fabling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fabling
you have been fabling
he/she/it has been fabling
we have been fabling
you have been fabling
they have been fabling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fabling
you will have been fabling
he/she/it will have been fabling
we will have been fabling
you will have been fabling
they will have been fabling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fabling
you had been fabling
he/she/it had been fabling
we had been fabling
you had been fabling
they had been fabling
Conditional
I would fable
you would fable
he/she/it would fable
we would fable
you would fable
they would fable
Past Conditional
I would have fabled
you would have fabled
he/she/it would have fabled
we would have fabled
you would have fabled
they would have fabled

fable

A short, allegorical story to point a moral, especially using animal characters.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fable - a deliberately false or improbable accountfable - a deliberately false or improbable account
falsehood, untruth, falsity - a false statement
canard - a deliberately misleading fabrication
2.fable - a short moral story (often with animal characters)fable - a short moral story (often with animal characters)
story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"
Aesop's fables - a collection of fables believed to have been written by the Greek storyteller Aesop
3.fable - a story about mythical or supernatural beings or eventsfable - a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
Holy Grail, Sangraal, grail - (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper
King Arthur's Round Table, Round Table - (legend) the circular table for King Arthur and his knights
story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"
Arthurian legend - the legend of King Arthur and his court at Camelot
hagiology - literature narrating the lives (and legends) of the saints
Midas - (Greek legend) the greedy king of Phrygia who Dionysus gave the power to turn everything he touched into gold
Sisyphus - (Greek legend) a king in ancient Greece who offended Zeus and whose punishment was to roll a huge boulder to the top of a steep hill; each time the boulder neared the top it rolled back down and Sisyphus was forced to start again
Tristan, Tristram - (Middle Ages) the nephew of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with his uncle's bride (Iseult) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other
Iseult, Isolde - (Middle Ages) the bride of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with the king's nephew (Tristan) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other

fable

noun
1. legend, myth, parable, allegory, story, tale, apologue Each tale has the timeless quality of fable.
2. fiction, lie, fantasy, myth, romance, invention, yarn (informal), fabrication, falsehood, fib, figment, untruth, fairy story (informal), urban myth, white lie, tall story (informal), urban legend Is reincarnation fact or fable?
fiction fact, truth, reality, certainty, verity, actuality
Related words
adjective fabulous

fable

noun
1. A narrative not based on fact:
2. An entertaining and often oral account of a real or fictitious occurrence:
Informal: tall tale, yarn.
3. A traditional story or tale that has no proven factual basis:
Translations
حِكايَهخُرافَه
bajkalegendavýmysl
fabelfablemytesagn
puhuasatusepittää
bajka
állatmesekoholköltmesemesél
dæmisagaòjóîsaga, lygasaga
mitasmitinispasakėčiapasakiškaipasakiškas
fabulaizdomājums
bájka
basen
berättelsesaga
alegorik öyküefsanefabl

fable

[ˈfeɪbl] Nfábula f

fable

[ˈfeɪbəl] n
(= moral story) → fable f
(= untrue story) → histoire f
The story he told the police was a pure fable
BUT L'histoire qu'il a racontée à la police était créée de toutes pièces.
Is it fact or fable?
BUT Est-ce vrai ou faux?.

fable

nFabel f; (= legend, body of legend)Sage f; (fig: = lie) → Märchen nt; is it fact or fable?ist es wahr oder erfunden?

fable

[ˈfeɪbl] nfavola

fable

(ˈfeibl) noun
1. a story (usually about animals) that teaches a lesson about human behaviour. Aesop's fables.
2. a legend or untrue story. fact or fable?
fabulous (ˈfӕbjuləs) adjective
1. wonderful. a fabulous idea.
2. existing (only) in a fable. The phoenix is a fabulous bird.
ˈfabulously adverb
References in classic literature ?
Her friends repeated the pleasing phrase enthusiastically, and for several minutes she stood, like a jackdaw in the fable, enjoying her borrowed plumes, while the rest chattered like a party of magpies.
For our own part, we allow them just as little credence as to that other fable of the skeleton hand which the lieutenant- governor was said to have seen at the Colonel's throat, but which vanished away, as he advanced farther into the room.
Physiognomy, like every other human science, is but a passing fable.
The story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf is not a meaningless fable.
A fable of old Times so terrifies, Leaves my heart so thoughtful.
You remember the old fable of "The Man and the Lion," where the lion complained that he should not be so misrepresented "when the lions wrote his- tory.
Assuming an attitude, she began, "La Ligue des Rats: fable de La Fontaine.
Blackboy', and was 'to be left with Barkis till called for'; a fable he had elaborately written on the lid, in characters now scarcely legible.
And now his heart Distends with pride, and hardning in his strength Glories: For never since created man, Met such imbodied force, as nam'd with these Could merit more then that small infantry Warr'd on by Cranes: though all the Giant brood Of PHLEGRA with th' Heroic Race were joyn'd That fought at THEB'S and ILIUM, on each side Mixt with auxiliar Gods; and what resounds In Fable or ROMANCE of UTHERS Son Begirt with BRITISH and ARMORIC Knights; And all who since, Baptiz'd or Infidel Jousted in ASPRAMONT or MONTALBAN, DAMASCO, or MAROCCO, or TREBISOND, Or whom BISERTA sent from AFRIC shore When CHARLEMAIN with all his Peerage fell By FONTARABBIA.
For a moment Trefusis felt a vagabond impulse to resume the language of Smilash and fable to the man of hampers of turkey and plum-pudding in the van.
Captain Smollett," began the doctor with a smile, "did ever you hear the fable of the mountain and the mouse?
That brave captain that you speak of is my eldest brother, who, being of a bolder and loftier mind than my other brother or myself, chose the honourable and worthy calling of arms, which was one of the three careers our father proposed to us, as your comrade mentioned in that fable you thought he was telling you.