Fable

Definition of Fable

Fa´ble   Pronunciation: fā´b'l
n.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.
- Addison.
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.
We grew
The fable of the city where we dwelt.
- Tennyson.
4.Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
It would look like a fable to report that this gentleman gives away a great fortune by secret methods.
- Addison.
v. i.1.To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true.
[imp. & p. p. Fabled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fabling .]
Vain now the tales which fabling poets tell.
- Prior.
He fables, yet speaks truth.
- M. Arnold.
v. t.1.To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.
The hell thou fablest.
- Milton.

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