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tale

noun

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1 a rumor or report of a personal or sensational nature
  • don't believe the tales you hear about our neighbor's kid

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2 a brief account of something interesting that happened especially to one personally
  • asked Dad to tell once again the tale of how, as a kid, he broke his arm jumping out of a tree

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3 a statement known by its maker to be untrue and made in order to deceive
  • told tall tales in an attempt to impress me with her supposedly upper-crust background

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4 a work with imaginary characters and events that is shorter and usually less complex than a novel
  • the oft-told tale of Sleeping Beauty

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5 a total number obtained or recorded by noting each thing as it was being added
  • when the tale of the dead from the disaster is announced, the city will be in shock

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The first known use of tale was before the 12th century

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“Tale.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/tale. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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