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Definition of Fable


  1. A Feigned story or tale, intended to instruct or amuse; a fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept; an apologue. See the Note under Apologue.
  2. The plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
  3. Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk.
  4. Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
  5. To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true.
  6. To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.

Fable Quotations

All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
Walt Disney

There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten - before the end is told - even if there happens to be any end to it.
Joseph Conrad

What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Napoleon Bonaparte

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
Charles Caleb Colton

Writers are notoriously unable to know about themselves. Faulkner thought 'The Fable' was his best novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald liked 'Tender Is the Night,' an experimental novel.
Joyce Carol Oates
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Fable Translations

fable in Danish is fabel
fable in Dutch is fabel
fable in French is fable
fable in German is Fabel
fable in Latin is fabula
fable in Norwegian is fabel, fable, dikte
fable in Swedish is myt, legend, fabel, saga