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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
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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 ?
At one time he is found in Corinth, and at another in Athens, endeavouring, by the narration of some of his wise fables, to reconcile the inhabitants of those cities to the administration of their respective rulers Periander and Pisistratus.
A WRITER of Fables was passing through a lonely forest when he met a Fortune.
She casts the same thought into troops of forms, as a poet makes twenty fables with one moral.
Captain Lincoln proceeded to relate some of the strange fables and fantasies which, as it was impossible to refute them by ocular demonstration, had grown to be articles of popular belief, in reference to this old picture.
Wondrous and unwonted beauty Still adorning all did seem, While I told my love in fables
Neither I, nor any with whom I have conversed about the crocodile, have ever seen him weep, and therefore I take the liberty of ranking all that hath been told us of his tears amongst the fables which are only proper to amuse children.
"He was called Ruy Perez de Viedma," replied the curate, "and he was born in a village in the mountains of Leon; and he mentioned a circumstance connected with his father and his brothers which, had it not been told me by so truthful a man as he was, I should have set down as one of those fables the old women tell over the fire in winter; for he said his father had divided his property among his three sons and had addressed words of advice to them sounder than any of Cato's.
But I believed that I had already given sufficient time to languages, and likewise to the reading of the writings of the ancients, to their histories and fables. For to hold converse with those of other ages and to travel, are almost the same thing.
Meanwhile, it is but right to say, he does really appear to have overcome the moral objections against these fables, although at the expense of such liberties with their structure as must be left to plead their own excuse, without any help from me.
Thus fable reports that the fair Grimalkin, whom Venus, at the desire of a passionate lover, converted from a cat into a fine woman, no sooner perceived a mouse than, mindful of her former sport, and still retaining her pristine nature, she leaped from the bed of her husband to pursue the little animal.
Here, too, is brought, so the fable runs, all the waste stuff of the nation--everything that is subject to rot, and that can add to the foul stench that assails our nostrils.
They might have been mistaken for two of the evil spirits of the mountains so formidable in Indian fable.