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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

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

What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Napoleon Bonaparte

Whether in cave paintings or the latest uses of the Internet, human beings have always told their histories and truths through parable and fable. We are inveterate storytellers.
Beeban Kidron

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

Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
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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
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