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The moral of a fable is eternal. The moral of a story is temporary to a story.
Yann Martel

Meaning of "fable" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FABLE

From Latin fābula story, narrative, from fārī to speak, say.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FABLE

fable  [ˈfeɪbəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FABLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Fable is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb fable in English.

WHAT DOES FABLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

fable

Fable

Fable is a literary genre. A fable is a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized, and that illustrates or leads to an interpretation of a moral lesson, which may at the end be added explicitly in a pithy maxim. A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as actors that assume speech and other powers of humankind. Usage has not always been so clearly distinguished. In the King James Version of the New Testament, "μῦθος" was rendered by the translators as "fable" in First and Second Timothy, in Titus and in First Peter. A person who writes fables is a fabulist.

Definition of fable in the English dictionary

The first definition of fable in the dictionary is a short moral story, esp one with animals as characters. Other definition of fable is a false, fictitious, or improbable account; fiction or lie. Fable is also a story or legend about supernatural or mythical characters or events.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO FABLE

PRESENT

Present
I fable
you fable
he/she/it fables
we fable
you fable
they fable
Present continuous
I am fabling
you are fabling
he/she/it is fabling
we are fabling
you are fabling
they are fabling
Present perfect
I have fabled
you have fabled
he/she/it has fabled
we have fabled
you have fabled
they have fabled
Present perfect continuous
I have been fabling
you have been fabling
he/she/it has been fabling
we have been fabling
you have been fabling
they have been fabling
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I fabled
you fabled
he/she/it fabled
we fabled
you fabled
they fabled
Past continuous
I was fabling
you were fabling
he/she/it was fabling
we were fabling
you were fabling
they were fabling
Past perfect
I had fabled
you had fabled
he/she/it had fabled
we had fabled
you had fabled
they had fabled
Past perfect continuous
I had been fabling
you had been fabling
he/she/it had been fabling
we had been fabling
you had been fabling
they had been fabling
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will fable
you will fable
he/she/it will fable
we will fable
you will fable
they will fable
Future continuous
I will be fabling
you will be fabling
he/she/it will be fabling
we will be fabling
you will be fabling
they will be fabling
Future perfect
I will have fabled
you will have fabled
he/she/it will have fabled
we will have fabled
you will have fabled
they will have fabled
Future perfect continuous
I will have been fabling
you will have been fabling
he/she/it will have been fabling
we will have been fabling
you will have been fabling
they will have been fabling
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would fable
you would fable
he/she/it would fable
we would fable
you would fable
they would fable
Conditional continuous
I would be fabling
you would be fabling
he/she/it would be fabling
we would be fabling
you would be fabling
they would be fabling
Conditional perfect
I would have fable
you would have fable
he/she/it would have fable
we would have fable
you would have fable
they would have fable
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been fabling
you would have been fabling
he/she/it would have been fabling
we would have been fabling
you would have been fabling
they would have been fabling
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you fable
we let´s fable
you fable
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to fable
Past participle
fabled
Present Participle
fabling
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FABLE


Abel
ˈeɪbəl
able
ˈeɪbəl
Babel
ˈbeɪbəl
bistable
baɪˈsteɪbəl
cable
ˈkeɪbəl
disable
dɪsˈeɪbəl
enable
ɪnˈeɪbəl
gable
ˈɡeɪbəl
label
ˈleɪbəl
monostable
ˌmɒnəʊˈsteɪbəl
round-table
ˌraʊndˈteɪbəl
sable
ˈseɪbəl
stable
ˈsteɪbəl
table
ˈteɪbəl
thermostable
ˌθɜːməʊˈsteɪbəl
timetable
ˈtaɪmˌteɪbəl
turntable
ˈtɜːnˌteɪbəl
unable
ʌnˈeɪbəl
under-the-table
ˈʌndəðəˈteɪbəl
unstable
ʌnˈsteɪbəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FABLE

fab
fabaceous
Fabian
Fabian Society
Fabianism
Fabianist
Fabius Maximus
fabled
fabler
fablet
fabliau
fabliaux
Fablon
Fabre
fabric
fabric conditioner
fabric ribbon
fabricant
fabricate
fabricated

WORDS THAT END LIKE FABLE

acceptable
adjustable
adorable
affordable
applicable
available
capable
comfortable
durable
expandable
on the table
portable
printable
reasonable
reliable
saleable
suitable
unavailable
valuable
variable

Synonyms and antonyms of fable in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FABLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «fable» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of fable

Translation of «fable» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FABLE

Find out the translation of fable to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of fable from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «fable» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

寓言
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

fábula
570 millions of speakers

English

fable
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कहानी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

حكاية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

басня
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

fábula
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উপকথা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

fable
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Fabel
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Fabel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

寓話
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

우화
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Dongeng
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tưởng tượng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கட்டுக்கதை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

दंतकथा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

masal
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

favola
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

bajka
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

байка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

fabulă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μύθο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

fabel
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

fabel
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

fabel
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of fable

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FABLE»

The term «fable» is very widely used and occupies the 22.371 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FABLE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «fable» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «fable» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about fable

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7 QUOTES WITH «FABLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word fable.
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Joseph Conrad
There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten - before the end is told - even if there happens to be any end to it.
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Karen DeCrow
Despite the strength of the feminist movement in the 1970s and beyond, a fable has persisted that educated women are rejected as marriage partners.
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Irwin Edman
It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved.
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Marie de France
Whosoever counts these Lays as fable, may be assured that I am not of his mind.
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Yann Martel
The moral of a fable is eternal. The moral of a story is temporary to a story.
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Ira Sachs
Suspense films are often based on communication problems, and that affects all of the plot points. It almost gives it kind of a fable feeling.
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Gloria Vanderbilt
The minute that you bring a unicorn into a story, you know that it's a fairy tale or a fable, because unicorns don't exist as animals. They exist as fantasy creatures.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FABLE»

Discover the use of fable in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to fable and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Fable: The Balverine Order
The interaction of player and game, the richness of the world, makes the franchise unusually appropriate for a tie-in novel and the novel will include an interactive element.
Peter David, 2010
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Fable: The Balverine Order
The days of magic and adventure are fading away, giving way to the age of industry and science.
Peter David, 2010
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
The answers to these and many more questions are in this fascinating book. Here in one volume you can track down the stories behind the names and sayings you meet, whether in classic literature or today's news.
Elizabeth Knowles, 2006
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A Fable
This novel won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 195.
William Faulkner, 2011
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The Enlightenment's Fable: Bernard Mandeville and the ...
This book approaches this problem from the perspective of the challenge offered to inherited traditions of morality and social understanding by Bernard Mandeville, whose infamous paradoxical maxim "private vices, public benefits" profoundly ...
E. J. Hundert, 2005
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Fable: Blood Ties
When it comes to blood, you can either spill it...or save it. Based on the worldwide video game phenomenon, this novel from the New York Times bestselling author includes a code to redeem for FABLE III Dye Pack.
Peter David, 2011
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The Mystic Fable: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
The culmination of de Certeau's lifelong engagement with the human sciences, this volume is both an analysis of Christian mysticism during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and an application of this influential scholar's ...
Michel de Certeau, 1995
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Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three ...
Praise for Getting Naked "I've experienced the 'naked' approach firsthand and can say withconfidence that this book will transform the way we view client service. I wish every one of my vendors would read it and follow its advice." —J.
Patrick M. Lencioni, 2009
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A Froggy Fable
A little frog is upset when his simple life is changed by such things as other animals moving in nearby, but during an unexpected adventure away from the pond he learns that change can be good, after all.
John Lechner, 2005
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The Fable of the Bees and Other Writings:
Although never censored, Bernard Mandeville's anonymously published The Fable of the Bees; or Private Vices, Public Benefits came to be regarded soon after its publication in 1723 as the Enlightenment's epitome of immorality.
Bernard Mandeville, E. J. Hundert, 1997

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FABLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term fable is used in the context of the following news items.
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Fable Legends Will Get A Constant Stream of DLC After Launch
Lionhead have announced that their upcoming asymmetric multiplayer action adventure game, Fable Legends, will have a constant stream of ... «GamingBolt, Jul 15»
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A fable
Not so long ago or far away, there was a kingdom where nothing ever happened. Or rather, nothing seemed to happen, for nobody took much ... «Arkansas Online, Jul 15»
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Review: 'Aloft,' frustrating fable of miracles, tragedy
Review: 'Aloft,' frustrating fable of miracles, tragedy. Review: 'Aloft,' frustrating fable of miracles, tragedyJennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy ... «The Detroit News, Jul 15»
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Fable: The Wayside
Intel wasn't the only aspiring solid-state memory company to be founded in Santa Clara in 1968. Another company, founded by IBM-ers D. «ElectronicsWeekly.com, Jul 15»
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Little Crane Depicts History of Japanese-American Soldiers in All …
The Little Crane and the Long Journey uses a fable about a family of cranes to depict the plight of Japanese Americans who volunteered for ... «Washington City Paper, Jul 15»
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Fable Naturals' skincare products are wonderfully green and Fairtrade
It's tough to find a green skincare company that's Fairtrade, too, but this Vancouver-based company does a great job of doing both. Fable ... «Treehugger, Jul 15»
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A Grateful Dead Fable: Back to the Fillmore
A Grateful Dead Fable: Back to the Fillmore. Articles · News · Grateful Dead. By Mitch Myers | July 03, 2015 2:10 PM EDT. Grateful Dead in 1970. Grateful Dead ... «Billboard, Jul 15»
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Microsoft bringing Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, Halo 5 and more to …
Microsoft has just released their schedule for this year's San Diego Comic-Con and it looks like there's going to be a variety of Xbox-related ... «WinBeta, Jul 15»
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Lionhead Assures Xbox One Exclusive Fable Legends Won't Be A …
Fable Legends, the next chapter in the Lionhead saga, is going to be free-to-play, something Fable fans are not used to. The English developer ... «Gamepur, Jul 15»
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Fable Legends Microtransactions Won't Affect the Core Experience …
Often intrusive they can make or break the success of the game so it is important that a major release like Fable Legends isn't going to be held ... «SegmentNext, Jul 15»

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