fable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fable a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
    • n fable a short moral story (often with animal characters)
    • n fable a deliberately false or improbable account
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fable 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."
    • Fable Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk. "Old wives' fables .""We grew
      The fable of the city where we dwelt."
    • Fable Fiction; untruth; falsehood. "It would look like a fable to report that this gentleman gives away a great fortune by secret methods."
    • Fable 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."
    • v. i Fable To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true. "He Fables not.""Vain now the tales which fabling poets tell.""He fables , yet speaks truth."
    • v. t Fable To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely. "The hell thou fablest ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fable A story; a tale; particularly, a feigned or invented story or tale, intended to instruct or amuse; a fictitious narrative devised to enforce some useful truth or precept, or to introduce indirectly some opinion, in which imaginary persons or beings as well as animals, and even inanimate things, are represented as speakers or actors; an apologue.
    • n fable A story or history untrue in fact or substance, invented or “developed by popular or poetic fancy or superstition and to some extent or at one time current in popular belief as true or real; a legend; a myth.
    • n fable A story fabricated to deceive; a fiction; a falsehood; a lie: as, the story is all a fable.
    • n fable The plot or connected series of events in an epic or dramatic poem founded on imagination.
    • n fable Subject of talk; gossip; byword.
    • n fable Synonyms Allegory, Parable, etc. (see simile).
    • n fable Invention, fabrication, hoax.
    • fable To talk.
    • fable To speak or write fiction; tell imaginary stories.
    • fable To speak falsely; misrepresent; lie: often used euphemistically.
    • fable To feign; invent; devise or fabricate; describe or relate feigningly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fable fā′bl a narrative in which things irrational, and sometimes inanimate, are, for the purpose of moral instruction, feigned to act and speak with human interests and passions: any tale in literary form, not necessarily probable in its incidents, intended to instruct or amuse: the plot or series of events in an epic or dramatic poem: a fiction or myth: a ridiculous story, as in 'old wives' fables,' a falsehood: subject of common talk
    • v.i Fable to tell fictitious tales:
    • v.t Fable to feign: to invent
    • v.i Fable (obs.) to tell falsehoods
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “How many things served us but yesterday as articles of faith, which today we deem but fables?”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. fabula, fr. fari, to speak, say. See Ban, and cf. Fabulous Fame

Usage

In literature:

Don't you remember the story in AEsop's Fables, bully?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
After his death, was published a second volume of fables, more political than the former.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
This, no doubt, was the origin of the fable of nations of Amazons found on the banks of the river.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Analysis of fables, 87.
"Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Select a fable or a short story first.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
He is fabled to have been the first to import mahogany into England from Guiana.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
You remember, perhaps, the fable of the fox who had lost his tail?
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
An alliance with the powerful is never to be relied upon: the present Fable testifies the truth of my maxim.
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
Rhymes, fables, myths, stories were so vaguely and indistinctly held in mind that they were practically of no great value.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The first packet proved to be a description of "El Dorado's" land, and a guide to the fabled region.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
The veil of fable and uncertainty cleared away before the mild shining of her name and story.
"Royal Edinburgh" by Margaret Oliphant
Even when he heard it, he realized it must be pure fable.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
Many of the fables of antiquity mark, with the most distinguishing characters, the force of female delicacy.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
That fable of the Dead-Sea Apes ceases to be a fable.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
And soon as Betty clears the table For a dessert, I'll read a fable.
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay
It is probable that Saltus meant more by this fable than he has let appear.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
The opportunity to produce fables is limitless.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
This fable is a fable that is true.
"Turandot, Princess of China" by Karl Gustav Vollmöller
The Faust marvels have gathered to themselves the fables of centuries.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
What is true of proverbs, is true of all fables, parables, and allegories.
"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In poetry:

Read my little fable:
He that runs may read.
Most can raise the flowers now,
For all have got the seed.
"The Flower" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
As Galahad pure, as Merlin sage,
What worthier knight was found
To grace in Arthur's golden age
The fabled Table Round?
"William Francis Bartlett" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And yet, fair bow, no fabling dreams,
But words of the Most High,
Have told why first thy robe of beams
Was woven in the sky.
"To The Rainbow" by Thomas Campbell
There, richer than the fabled gift
Apollo showered of old,
Fair hands the broken grain shall sift,
And knead its meal of gold.
"Heap High the Golden Corn" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There, richer than the fabled gift
Apollo showered of old,
Fair hands the broken grain shall sift,
And knead its meal of gold.
"The Corn Song" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He leant upon the toilet table,
His fingers fumbled in his breast;
He felt as foolish as a fable,
And feeble as a pointless jest.
"The Ballad Of A Barber" by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

In news:

Easterbrook's 'Leading Indicators' is more fable than novel.
CINEDIGM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP ACQUIRES N.A DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO TEEN ASSASSIN FABLE "VIOLET & DAISY," STARRING SAOIRSE RONAN, ALEXIS BLEDEL AND JAMES GANDOLFINI.
Theater Review The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart: Pub visit sets in motion skillfully updated fable .
The Teamwork Fable - 4 Oxen & The Lion.
Antiwar fable 's way too precious to work.
This financial advice, in the form of a fable , goes down easy.
' Fable ' with a twist.
Fable Stumbles In The Journey.
The plot of the game hews close to Fable 's proven formula: You play a reluctant hero forced to rise to the occasion and save the world.
' Fable ' casts kenetic magic.
Fable : The Journey' casts Kinect magic.
In fact, he is more of a reader of fables rather than the central character.
This isn't quite the same as other Fables , so the sort of DLC doesn't really fit, however we are looking into a number of possibilities that may support the game if there is a desire for it post release.
Jeff Greenfield - 43*: When Gore Beat Bush—A Political Fable .
Bluffton's TW Fable Restaurant took two of three awards Thursday evening at the Summit City Chef Competition, a fund raising event held at Sycamore Hills Country Club.
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In science:

In this case, the network is “remembering” an illustration by Jean-Baptiste Oudry for Jean de la Fontaine’s fable La Cigale et la Fourmi.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Expanded social scientist’s bestiary: a guide to fabled threats to, and defenses of, naturalistic social science.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
In the table the first three columns show the average P-values for all zero (0x00) input, all 0xFF input and a text taken from Aesop fables ( “From the Goose and the Golden Eggs”).
Efficient Quasigroup Block Cipher for Sensor Networks
If you don’t find this sort of anthropic explanation palatable, consider the following fable.
Theories of the Cosmological Constant
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