verb (used without object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
verb (used with object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
Origin of fable
Synonyms for fable
Related Words for fableparable, myth, yarn, fiction, tale, fantasy, legend, hogwash, lie, falsehood, invention, crock, romance, apologue, whopper, fib, figment, untruth, allegory, fabrication
Examples from the Web for fable
Contemporary Examples of fable
It is a fable about an elderly woman, “Grandy,” who has suffered an unnamed loss.Book Bag: Reading Your Way Out Of Grief
October 16, 2014
The fable tells us that if policymakers foster competition and cut taxes, the rest will pretty much work itself out.What’s At Stake In The Tocqueville/Piketty Debate
April 27, 2014
Or let the ultimate tortois-and-hare campaign end just like the fable.Against All Odds, Can Sarkozy Pull Out an Election Win vs. Hollande?
May 4, 2012
Historical Examples of fable
The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Were not youth and age merely a fable; visions of men's fancy?Casanova's Homecoming
There was silence, and before I had finished my fable the little bell rang.
I commenced, and the sweetness of my voice in the fable of the "Two Pigeons" worked the miracle.
Arthur was a Celt, and may have been a fabulous Celt; but he was a fable on the right side.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Word Origin for fable
c.1300, "falsehood, lie, pretense," from Old French fable (12c.) "story, fable, tale; fiction, lie, falsehood," from Latin fabula "story, play, fable, narrative, account, tale," literally "that which is told," related to fari "speak, tell," from PIE root *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)). Sense of "animal story" (early 14c.) comes from Aesop. In modern folklore terms, defined as "a short, comic tale making a moral point about human nature, usually through animal characters behaving in human ways." Most trace to Greece or India.