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[fab-yuh-list] /ˈfæb yə lɪst/
a person who invents or relates fables.
a liar.
Origin of fabulist
1585-95; < Middle French fabuliste, equivalent to < fābul(a) fable + -iste -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The fabulist had not in him sufficient hypocrisy of which to manufacture the commonplace politeness of society.

    The Fables of La Fontaine Jean de la Fontaine
  • Gay the fabulist is only interesting in a certain sense and to a small extent.

    Views and Reviews William Ernest Henley
  • The born poet still talks that way, he is naturally a fabulist and cannot help himself.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • The fabulist is to create a laugh, but yet, under a merry guise, to convey instruction.

  • In 1664 La Fontaine published his first collection of fables, and it gave him immediately the very highest rank as a fabulist.

    Paris: With Pen and Pencil David W. Bartlett
  • That is the fabulist's opinion—Harriet Shelley's is not reported.

    In Defense of Harriet Shelley Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for fabulist


a person who invents or recounts fables
a person who lies or falsifies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fabulist

1590s, from French fabuliste, from Latin fabula (see fable (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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