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

Definition of fabulist

1 : a creator or writer of fables
2 : liar

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 The legendary fabulist and short-story writer also left readers these meditations on the human and the divine. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 17 June 2022 So, in the interest of making good on that opportunity, Morosini assembled a cast of comic performers, including Patton Oswalt as Chuck, a semi-fictional version of his father the fabulist, plus Rachel Dratch as dad’s randy girlfriend. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Mar. 2022 Other cast members line up unfavorably against the 1978 dream team of Mia Farrow, Jane Birkin, Maggie Smith and Bette freakin’ Davis — though Sophie Okonedo is a highlight as a blues singer, replacing Angela Lansbury’s drunken fabulist. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Then there's this: Trump is -- and has always been -- a fabulist. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 In his scathing response, Dylan and his lawyers blasted the accuser as a lying fabulist. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 6 Jan. 2022 Famously, Iman’s career got its start in the ’70s with a risible fiction ginned up by the photographer and inveterate fabulist Peter Beard. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 This invitation to projection is one that Calle—melodramatic, morbid, a fabulist—willingly accepts. Lili Owen Rowlands, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2021 Born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1979, Lawson is a combination of portraitist and fabulist, documentarian and storyteller. New York Times, 29 July 2021 See More

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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 3 Oct. 2022.

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