fab·​u·​list ˈfa-byə-list How to pronounce fabulist (audio)
: a creator or writer of fables
: liar
fabulist adjective
or fabulistic

Examples of fabulist in a Sentence

a once highly admired journalist whose reputation is now that of a disgraced fabulist
Recent Examples on the Web It is decorated in a neoclassical style and pays tribute to the seventeenth-century fabulist, immortalized in a series of murals featuring his crafty foxes and unsuspecting crows. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Jimmy Kimmel appeared mighty offended about being sued by serial fabulist George Santos for alleged fraud, judging by his comedy routine on Tuesday night. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 In a memo arguing for his indefinite detention, deputies to Mr. Weiss described him as a perpetual fabulist. Kenneth P. Vogel, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2024 Every inch of it is fascinating: the twists and turns of Brettler’s story, the portrait of London as a playground for conmen and fabulists, the revelations that stunned Brettler’s family after he was gone. Longreads, 9 Feb. 2024 Scott Olson/Getty Images New York Representative George Santos The House failed Wednesday night to expel serial fabulist George Santos from Congress, marking just another bump in a career plagued by scandal. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 2 Nov. 2023 Howley’s account of the national security state and the people entangled in it includes fabulists, truth tellers, combatants, whistle-blowers. The New York Times Books Staff, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 In this telling, Santos is a caricature of American political dysfunction, a serial fabulist who sought power to assuage unfathomable internal inadequacies, and who achieved it only by accident, because the rest of us were not paying enough attention. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2023 The House failed Wednesday night to expel serial fabulist George Santos from Congress, marking just another bump in a career plagued by scandal. Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, The New Republic, 2 Nov. 2023

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Word History


probably borrowed from Middle French fabuliste, from Latin fābula "talk, account, fable entry 1" + French -iste -ist entry 1

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fabulist was in 1593

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“Fabulist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabulist. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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