verb (used without object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
verb (used with object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
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Origin of fable
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historical usage of fable
Fābulārī, regularized to fābulāre, is the source of Spanish hablar and Portuguese falar “to speak.” Catalan, however, always influenced by French, uses parlar. French parler and Italian parlare are verbs derived from the Latin noun parabola “comparison, explanatory illustration,” in Late Latin (and especially in Christian Latin) “allegorical story, parable, proverb.”
Parabola becomes parola “word” in Italian, parole in French, paraula in Catalan. And by metathesis (transposition of letters) common in Spanish and Portuguese, parabola becomes parabla in Old Spanish, palabra in Spanish, and palavra in Portuguese.
The related English word fib “a small or trivial lie” is a shortening of earlier fibble-fable “nonsense,” an obsolete or dialectal compound based on fable, in the sense “a story not founded in fact.”
OTHER WORDS FROM fablefa·bler, nounout·fa·ble, verb (used with object), out·fa·bled, out·fa·bling.un·fa·bling, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for fable
But when the darkness closes in, we actually run to fairy tales and fables.
Tocqueville shows how to critique Piketty without any free-market fables.
Gaytten did not speak in fantasies and romantic fables the way his predecessor did.
A long list of favorite books includes Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of Oz, Aesop's Fables, and The Odyssey.
They were not designed via the epiphany of an unlettered Russian sergeant at a workbench, as fables would have it.
The characterizing details of some of the great fables, however, disappear in Mandeville's English.
It is not surprising that many of the fables which Mandeville chose to translate anticipate the themes of his great work.
As soon as we admit of such a God, there are no longer fables or visions which can not be believed.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier
Fables were the creations of those who sought to amuse or control the people, who have ever delighted in the marvellous.
The Greeks adopted Oriental fables, and accommodated them to those heroes who figured in their own country in the earliest times.