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Etymology 1Edit

From Old French (=modern) parabole, from Late Latin parabola, from Ancient Greek παραβολή (parabolḗ, comparison).


parable (plural parables)

  1. 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".
    Catholic sermons normally draw on at least one Biblical lecture, often parables.
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parable (third-person singular simple present parables, present participle parabling, simple past and past participle parabled)

  1. (transitive) To represent by parable.
    • Milton
      Which by the ancient sages was thus parabled.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Latin parābilis, from parāre (to prepare, procure).


parable (comparative more parable, superlative most parable)

  1. (obsolete) That can easily be prepared or procured; obtainable.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, vol.1, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.306:
      The most parable and easy, and about which many are employed, is to teach a school, turn lecturer or curate [] .
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Thomas Browne to this entry?)

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Ultimately from Latin parare (to ward off)


parable (plural parables)

  1. preventable (able to be or fit to be prevented)

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