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parable

[ par-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈpær ə bəl /
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noun
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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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 FROM parable

pa·rab·o·list [puh-rab-uh-list], /pəˈræb ə lɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for parable

parable
/ (ˈpærəbəl) /

noun
a short story that uses familiar events to illustrate a religious or ethical pointRelated adjectives: parabolic, parabolical
any of the stories of this kind told by Jesus Christ

Derived forms of parable

parabolist (pəˈræbəlɪst), noun

Word Origin for 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
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