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  1. of, relating to, or involving a parable.
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Sometimes par·a·bol·i·cal.

Origin of parabolic2

1650–60; < Late Latin parabolicus metaphoric < Late Greek parabolikós figurative, equivalent to Greek parabol(ḗ) parable + -ikos -ic
Related formspar·a·bol·i·cal·ism, nounpar·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·par·a·bol·i·cal, adjectivenon·par·a·bol·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • He was an earnest, plain-spun sort of individual, but he got through his parabolical exposition very satisfactorily.

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  • Whether the Clergy will like this parabolical Explication of it, I neither know nor care.

  • The ball ascended to the zenith in a parabolical curve, and was lost amongst the other planets.

  • These readers accordingly would find a parabolical or pictorial explanation of the incidents.

  • It is divided into narrative, representative, and allusive or parabolical poetry.

British Dictionary definitions for parabolical


  1. of, relating to, or shaped like a parabola
  2. shaped like a paraboloida parabolic mirror
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  1. of or resembling a parable
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Derived Formsparabolically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for parabolical



mid-15c., from Late Latin parabolicus, from late Greek parabolikos "figurative," from parabole (see parable). Related: Parabolical.

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