Fable

Fable
Fable Fa"ble (f[=a]"b'l), n. [F., fr. L. fabula, fr. fari to speak, say. See {Ban}, and cf. {Fabulous}, {Fame}.] 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}. [1913 Webster]

Jotham's fable of the trees is the oldest extant. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Note: A fable may have talking animals anthropomorphically cast as humans representing different character types, sometimes illustrating some moral principle; as, Aesop's Fables. [PJC]

2. The plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem. [1913 Webster]

The moral is the first business of the poet; this being formed, he contrives such a design or fable as may be most suitable to the moral. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk. ``Old wives' fables. '' --1 Tim. iv. 7. [1913 Webster]

We grew The fable of the city where we dwelt. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. Fiction; untruth; falsehood. [1913 Webster]

It would look like a fable to report that this gentleman gives away a great fortune by secret methods. --Addison. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • FABLE — La fable n’est elle vraiment – comme le veut la définition traditionnelle – qu’un bref récit mettant en scène des animaux? Mais Le Chat botté et Le Petit Chaperon rouge , où l’on voit intervenir des bêtes, sont appelés contes et non fables.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Fable II — Fable 2 Pour les articles homonymes, voir Fable (homonymie). Fable 2 Éditeur …   Wikipédia en Français

  • FABLE — FABLE, an animal tale (according to the most general and hence most widely accepted definition), i.e., a tale in which the characters are animals, and which contains a moral lesson. The genre also includes tales in which plants or inanimate… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Fable — Entwickler …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Fable 2 — Разработчик Lionhead Studios Издатель Microsoft Game Studios Дизайнер Питер Молинье Дата выпуска 21 октября 2008 года …   Википедия

  • Fable II — Entwickler …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fable — FABLE. s. f. Chose feinte, & inventée pour instruire, ou pour divertir. Vieille fable. fable morale. fable mysterieuse. les fables d Esope, de Phédre. sous le voile des fables. la moralité des fables. Fable, se prend aussi pour Le sujet, l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Fable II — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Fable II Desarrolladora(s) Lionhead Studios Diseñador(es) Lionhead Studios Fecha(s) de lanzamiento NA 21 de octubr …   Wikipedia Español

  • Fable — (игра, 1996) Fable (игра, 2004) Fable II Fable III Fable сингл Роберта Майлза 1996 года …   Википедия

  • Fable — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Fable es un videojuego destinado a las plataformas Microsoft Xbox, PC y Mac OS X desarrollado por Lionhead Studios. Fable puede considerarse como un juego de rol de acción donde podemos crear nuestro propio héroe, el …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”