noun par·a·ble \ˈpa-rə-bəl\

: a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson; especially : one of the stories told by Jesus Christ and recorded in the Bible

Full Definition of PARABLE

:  example; specifically :  a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle

Origin of PARABLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin parabola, from Greek parabolē comparison, from paraballein to compare, from para- + ballein to throw — more at devil
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with PARABLE

PARABLE Defined for Kids


noun par·a·ble \ˈper-ə-bəl\

Definition of PARABLE for Kids

:  a simple story that teaches a moral lesson


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