: a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle
: something (such as a news story or a series of real events) likened to a parable in providing an instructive example or lesson
- the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan
- In some ways, his life is a parable of the corrupting effect of great wealth, for he always assumed that everyone was after his money and out to cheat him.
- —Gavin Stamp
- By the summer of 2014, 380 House members and 74 senators had signed on as sponsors …. The ABLE Act had become a force. Yet in a parable of how Washington works, the bill still had a long way to go.
- —Gail Russell Chaddock