fab·​u·​list | \ ˈfa-byə-list How to pronounce fabulist (audio) \

Definition of fabulist

1 : a creator or writer of fables
2 : liar

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Other Words from fabulist

fabulist or fabulistic \ ˌfa-​byə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce fabulistic (audio) \ adjective

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 Simón plays Sancho Panza, the stolid but faintly ridiculous man of common sense, to Davíd’s Don Quixote, the florid and passionate fabulist—except, that is, when the roles are reversed, just like in the original. William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic, "The Special Child," 17 May 2020 Wallace does not lie as compulsively or artfully as the fabulists of some other recent gay novels. Jake Nevins, New York Times, "Gay Literature Is Out of the Closet. So Why Is Deception a Big Theme?," 26 Apr. 2020 After the killing, lawyers for the Yuan family said Mr. Zhao was a fabulist and motivated by revenge. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Chinese Immigrant Evades Murder Verdict in Killing of Wealthy Relative in Canada," 7 Jan. 2020 That team, dominated by Mueller fabulists who portrayed the Stone case as Watergate revisited, had recommended something closer to a nine-year sentence. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Stone Sentencing Ends Russia Collusion, Part I," 22 Feb. 2020 True, Mary’s husband, Augustine Washington, has locked up his place in lore as the more influential of the parenting duo, thanks largely to the fabulist Parson Weems. Jonathan Horn, National Review, "In Search of George Washington’s Mother," 19 Dec. 2019 But historians, academics and amateur sleuths have long cast doubt on Sheeran's claims as relayed in Brandt's book, with some unequivocally stating that the labor union official was nothing more than a fabulist. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "'The Irishman': What to know about Martin Scorsese's mob epic," 1 Nov. 2019 Even where classic conspiracy theories abound, there is little evidence of the kind of bare assertion and fabulist concoction that characterize the new conspiracism. N.c., The Economist, "Conspiracy theories are dangerous—here’s how to crush them," 12 Aug. 2019 If early Thrones was a master class in how to execute fantasy, Carnival Row is its opposite — a cautionary tale for fabulists who figure that any old combination of reality and magic will do. Judy Berman, Time, "Carnival Row and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vie to Be the Next Game of Thrones—But Neither One Comes Close," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fabulist

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fabulist

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

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“Fabulist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabulist. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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