Origin of parable
Examples from the Web for parable
He recounts a parable that has long been a staple of dairy farm folklore.
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?|Robert Silverman|May 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What seems at first to be novel about gender inequity gradually reveals itself to be a parable about social class.
Equilateral can be read as a parable of the ways we blind ourselves through vanity, love, and greed.
For proof, please open your Seinfeld textbook to episode 174, that parable called “The Frogger.”
The question is not answered; and there lies the crowning beauty of the parable.The Literature and History of New Testament Times|J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen
It is easy to see that the figures and actions are but a parable.Life of Wagner|Louis Nohl
But who that reads the parable to the end can fail to see that in the highest sense Lazarus was not poor, but rich?Practical Religion|John Charles Ryle
The fable or parable was anciently, as it is even now, a favourite weapon of the most successful orators.The Fables of La Fontaine|Jean de la Fontaine
He took up his parable and told the story of his childhood and Louie's at the farm.The History of David Grieve|Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for parable
Word Origin for parable
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.)).