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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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  • Gay the fabulist is only interesting in a certain sense and to a small extent.

    Views and Reviews William Ernest Henley
  • The fabulist is to create a laugh, but yet, under a merry guise, to convey instruction.

  • "Ah, I see," said the fabulist with a wink aside for Jeff's benefit.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • That is the fabulist's opinion—Harriet Shelley's is not reported.

    In Defense of Harriet Shelley Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • We give the last-named piece as a specimen of his work as a fabulist.

  • And how many men are women, too, on this point, as said the fabulist.

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
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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