fable


fable

noun

Definition of FABLE

1
a story intended to teach a basic truth or moral about life <this classic Christmas film is essentially a fable showing how every person's life has meaning and touches the lives of others>
2
a traditional but unfounded story that gives the reason for a current custom, belief, or fact of nature <according to an ancient fable the waters of the mountain spring are the tears of a woman weeping for her lost children>
Synonyms fable, legend, mythos
3
something that is the product of the imagination <the stories of lost cities of gold may have been fables deliberately concocted by Native Americans to dupe the Spanish>
Synonyms fable, fabrication, fantasy (also phantasy), figment, invention
Near Antonyms actuality, realness
4
a statement known by its maker to be untrue and made in order to deceive <the fables that people tell themselves to rationalize their failures and shortcomings>
Antonyms truth

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