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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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

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As fabulist Hans Christian Andersen famously put it, Bratislava needed no fairy tales, being a fairy tale itself. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "Escape to Bratislava: A Secret Charmer on the Danube," 18 Sep. 2018 These barflies are fabulists spinning tall tales about their own lives. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'," 10 May 2018 The 92-year-old Romanian conceptualist’s first show in Los Angeles consists of more than 50 works drawn from throughout different periods of her career — all inspired by the Greek fabulist Aesop. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Videos of the female figure, an autobiographical exhibit and paintings of immigrant terrains," 17 May 2018 Glass turned out to be a prolific fabulist who’d inserted fake details in dozens of pieces — a Vanity Fair article about his deception was turned into the 2003 film Shattered Glass. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "This week in tech, 20 years ago," 12 May 2018 Aesop is perhaps the most famous fabulist in history, but this is not a show about him! Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Luke Bryan, 'Rent' and other top shows to see around Louisville starting Feb. 11," 9 Feb. 2018 Like some amalgam of science fiction fabulist and pornographer, Kool Keith — a 1980s innovator turned ’90s eccentric turned 2000s mystery — pinballs among topics, sentiments and scenes. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Indie Rap Veterans Return to a Genre Still in Need of Opposition," 4 Apr. 2018 Fleabag was a dubious narrator, a fabulist with delusions of grandeur and a smart-ass retort for everyone. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "In Killing Eve, Two Women Are Fed Up and Dangerous," 6 Apr. 2018 In the debate over whether Trump is a habitual fabulist or just a strategic one, Christie seems to be coming down on the side of the former. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Chris Christie betrays Trump defenders’ remarkably dim view of the president’s intellect," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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