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 fabulist (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 Known as a fabulist, Calvino was also discovering for literature new provinces of the real. Star Tribune, 18 June 2021 But as Harden’s research lays out, the story was spun into a golden legend by the fabulist and fellow missionary Henry Spalding. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Heylin, like anyone who cares even a little bit about Bob Dylan, takes for granted that his subject is a master fabulist, if not a compulsive liar. John Semley, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 He was dismissed as a fabulist in a congressional report in the 1990s, and the extent of his ties to the junta in Myanmar is unclear. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Cheever was a deliberate compulsive fabulist, i.e., a liar — and was charming. Jordan Reife, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021 Powell’s intent is as a way of searing in the minds of readers just how fabulist is the Chairman’s vision. John Tamny, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 In Orson Welles' final major feature, F for Fake, the director outs himself as a fabulist. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, 4 Dec. 2020 Joe Biden is a notorious fabulist, having torched his 1988 presidential campaign with a battery of lies that include appropriating another man’s life and family stories as his own, and has apparently learned nothing from the experience. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 2 Nov. 2020

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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 27 Jul. 2021.

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