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.
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- pa·rab·o·list [puh-rab-uh-list], /pəˈræb ə lɪst/, noun
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How to use parable in a sentence
That interpretation is visible in the movie’s design, with the Round Table and the castle rendered in dull, almost industrial grays and harsh lighting, and there are ways to read the film as an environmental parable, too.The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it. | Alissa Wilkinson | July 30, 2021 | Vox
The investment was also a depressing parable for capitalism today.
Some of his encounters over the past few days have felt like contemporary parables, King says.
It was a parable about “what is relevant is life — not worrying about ideology, about politics, about whether he is a commie or a capitalist.”Bernard Lown, physician who rallied doctors against nuclear war, dies at 99 | Emily Langer | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
Longevity research always reminds me of the parable of blind men and an elephant.Another Win for Senolytics: Fighting Aging at the Cellular Level Just Got Easier | Shelly Fan | November 24, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The anecdote is a perfect parable for the power and ignorance of artistic patrons.
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 | THE 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.
The resurrection of Lazarus is a transparent fabrication out of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
So I have had to convey my precepts insensibly to Milord K.—to convey them in homeopathic doses of parable.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Here is Christianity with its marvellous parable of the Prodigal Son to teach us indulgence and pardon.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
The moral of the parable of the ten talents is eminently true in matters of learning.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions | George S. Boutwell
It 148 was rather the parable of family life that I read in this succession of fair faces and shapely bodies.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI | Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for parable
a short story that uses familiar events to illustrate a religious or ethical point: Related adjectives: parabolic, parabolical
any of the stories of this kind told by Jesus Christ
- parabolist (pəˈræbəlɪst), noun
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