Origin of parable
Examples from the Web for parables
Parables of complex societal problems being solved in a simple way by a pure-minded child are ubiquitous in North Korean culture.Such a Sweet Little Dictator: Kim Jong-un and North Korea’s Child Cult|Scott Bixby|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From here on, he was a philosopher, a sage, and his interviews were stuffed full of dicta, parables and eternal paradoxes.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers|Nik Cohn|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The imaginative Raami turns within, summoning the parables, poems, dignity, humility, and wisdom of her father.This Week’s Hot Reads: July 23, 2012, All-Fiction Edition|Mythili Rao|July 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The stories, most of them very short, have the blunt, evocative effect of parables or campfire tales.
No one does, but least of all men Plato, who hardly taught except in parables.Philosophy and The Social Problem|Will Durant
He has been speaking to them in symbols, proverbs, parables.The Gospel of St. John|Frederick Denison Maurice
Our lesson was as usual from "the Parables," and the scholars wrote an abstract from the "Pearl of great price."Leaves for a Christmas Bough|Unknown
Proverbs and parables are closely related, and in the Bible the terms are sometimes used interchangeably.Jesus the Christ|James Edward Talmage
His parables are at once the surest defence, and the most probable originators, of her symbolism.Churches and Church Ornaments|William Durandus
British Dictionary definitions for parables
Word Origin for parable
Word Origin and History for parables
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.)).