- a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.
- a statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy, or the like.
Origin of parable
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Examples from the Web for parable
He recounts a parable that has long been a staple of dairy farm folklore.The Secret to This Ice Cream: Pampered Cows
Jane & Michael Stern
May 18, 2014
Expecting otherwise is enough to make one recite the parable of the Old Woman and the Snake.Which Team Will Make History With Michael Sam Tonight?
May 8, 2014
What seems at first to be novel about gender inequity gradually reveals itself to be a parable about social class.American Dreams, 1924: ‘So Big’ by Edna Ferber
March 29, 2014
Equilateral can be read as a parable of the ways we blind ourselves through vanity, love, and greed.The 2013 Novel of the Year Is…
December 30, 2013
For proof, please open your Seinfeld textbook to episode 174, that parable called “The Frogger.”Sorry, Folks, Playing Dots Won’t Make You Smarter
June 20, 2013
When this room had last been lighted, the parable of the Virgins of the Lamps was yet unspoken.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It is to such that the unlimited prayer promises of the parable are given.
We remember the marks of the true intercessor as the parable taught us them.
What does the parable of the Pounds show us that we should do?Hurlbut's Bible Lessons
Rev. Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Not one of them who would not quote with approval the parable of the Wedding Guest.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
- a short story that uses familiar events to illustrate a religious or ethical pointRelated adjectives: parabolic, parabolical
- any of the stories of this kind told by Jesus Christ
Word Origin and History for parable
mid-13c., parabol, modern form from early 14c., "saying or story in which something is expressed in terms of something else," from Old French parable "parable, parabolic style in writing" (13c.), from Latin parabola "comparison," from Greek parabole "a comparison, parable," literally "a throwing beside," hence "a juxtaposition," from para- "alongside" (see para- (1)) + bole "a throwing, casting, beam, ray," related to ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).
Replaced Old English bispell. In Vulgar Latin, parabola took on the meaning "word," hence Italian parlare, French parler "to speak" (see parley (n.)).