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  • 1 PARABLE — PARABLE, from the Greek παραβολὴ (lit. juxtaposition ), the usual Septuagint rendering of Hebrew mashal ( comparison, saying, and derived meanings ). No distinction is made in biblical usage between parable, allegory, and fable; all are forms of… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 2 Parable — Par a*ble, n. [F. parabole, L. parabola, fr. Gr. ? a placing beside or together, a comparing, comparison, a parable, fr. ? to throw beside, compare; para beside + ? to throw; cf. Skr. gal to drop. Cf. {Emblem}, {Gland}, {Palaver}, {Parabola},… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 parable — (n.) early 14c., saying or story in which something is expressed in terms of something else, from O.Fr. parable, from L. parabola comparison, from Gk. parabole a comparison, parable, lit. a throwing beside, from para alongside (see PARA (Cf. para …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 parable — [par′ə bəl] n. [ME < MFr parabole < LL(Ec) parabola, an allegorical relation, parable < L, comparison < Gr parabolē, an analogy (< paraballein, to throw beside: see PARA 1 & BALL2), in N.T. & LXX, parable: transl. of Heb mashal,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Parable — Par a*ble, v. t. To represent by parable. [R.] [1913 Webster] Which by the ancient sages was thus parabled. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Parable — Par a*ble, a. [L. parabilis, fr. parare to provide.] Procurable. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 parable — *allegory, myth, fable …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 parable — [n] moral story allegory, fable, legend, lesson, tale, teaching; concept 282 …

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  • 9 parable — ► NOUN ▪ a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. ORIGIN Latin parabola comparison, discourse, allegory , from Greek parabol (see PARABOLA(Cf. ↑parabola)) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Parable — For a comparison of parable with other kinds of stories, see Myth, legend, fairy tale, and fable. The Parable of the Good Samaritan by Jan Wijnants (1670) shows the Good Samaritan tending the injured man. A parable is …

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  • 11 parable — [[t]pæ̱rəb(ə)l[/t]] parables N COUNT: oft N of n A parable is a short story, which is told in order to make a moral or religious point, like those in the Bible. ... the parable of the Good Samaritan... The story is a pleasing parable of the… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 Parable —    (Gr. parabole), a placing beside; a comparison; equivalent to the Heb. mashal, a similitude. In the Old Testament this is used to denote (1) a proverb (1 Sam. 10:12; 24:13; 2 Chr. 7:20), (2) a prophetic utterance (Num. 23:7; Ezek. 20:49), (3)… …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 13 parable — UK [ˈpærəb(ə)l] / US [ˈperəb(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms parable : singular parable plural parables a simple story with a moral or religious purpose, especially one told by Jesus Christ …

    English dictionary

  • 14 parable — allegory, fable, parable 1. All three words denote a narrative or story that symbolizes other persons and events. Allegory flourished in medieval literature and later (Spenser s Faerie Queene, 1590–6; Bunyan s Pilgrim s Progress, 1678–84, in… …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 parable — parabolist /peuh rab euh list/, n. /par euh beuhl/, n. 1. a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. 2. a statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of… …

    Universalium

  • 16 parable — noun /ˈpaɹəbəl,ˈpæɹ.ə.bəl/ A short narrative illustrating a lesson (usually religious/moral) by comparison or analogy In the New Testament the parables told by Jesus convey His message, as in The parable of the prodigal son See Also: palaver,… …

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  • 17 parable — [14] The etymological idea underlying parable is of ‘drawing analogies’. It comes via Old French parabole and Latin parabola from Greek parabolé, a derivative of parabállein. This was a compound verb formed from pará ‘beside’ and bállein ‘throw’… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 parable — noun the parable of the prodigal son Syn: allegory, moral story/tale, fable, exemplum …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 parable — par•a•ble [[t]ˈpær ə bəl[/t]] n. 1) a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson 2) a statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy, or the… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 parable — /ˈpærəbəl / (say paruhbuhl) noun 1. a short allegorical story, designed to convey some truth or moral lesson. 2. a discourse or saying conveying the intended meaning by a comparison or under the likeness of something comparable or analogous.… …

    Australian English dictionary