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fable

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1 a story intended to teach a basic truth or moral about life
  • this classic Christmas film is essentially a fable showing how every person's life has meaning and touches the lives of others

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2 a traditional but unfounded story that gives the reason for a current custom, belief, or fact of nature
  • according to an ancient fable the waters of the mountain spring are the tears of a woman weeping for her lost children

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3 something that is the product of the imagination
  • the stories of lost cities of gold may have been fables deliberately concocted by Native Americans to dupe the Spanish

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4 a statement known by its maker to be untrue and made in order to deceive
  • the fables that people tell themselves to rationalize their failures and shortcomings

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The first known use of fable was in the 14th century

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“Fable.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fable. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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