[ par-uh-buhl ]
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  1. a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.

  2. a statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy, or the like.

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Origin of parable

1275–1325; Middle English parabil<Late Latin parabola comparison, parable, word <Greek parabolḗ comparison, equivalent to para-para-1 + bolḗ a throwing

Other words for parable

Other words from parable

  • pa·rab·o·list [puh-rab-uh-list], /pəˈræb ə lɪst/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for parable


/ (ˈpærəbəl) /

  1. a short story that uses familiar events to illustrate a religious or ethical point: Related adjectives: parabolic, parabolical

  2. any of the stories of this kind told by Jesus Christ

Origin of parable

C14: from Old French parabole, from Latin parabola comparison, from Greek parabolē analogy, from paraballein to throw alongside, from para- 1 + ballein to throw

Derived forms of parable

  • parabolist (pəˈræbəlɪst), noun

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