English edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpaɹəbəl/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpæɹ.ə.bəl/, /ˈpɛɹ.ə.bəl/
  • Rhymes: -æɹəbəl

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English parable, from Old French parable, parabole, from Late Latin parabola, from Ancient Greek παραβολή (parabolḗ, comparison). Doublet of parabola, parole, and palaver.

Noun edit

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 Christ convey His message, as in "The parable of the prodigal son".
    Catholic homilies normally draw on at least one Biblical lecture, often parables.
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Verb edit

parable (third-person singular simple present parables, present participle parabling, simple past and past participle parabled)

  1. (transitive) To represent by parable.

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Etymology 2 edit

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

Adjective edit

parable (comparative more parable, superlative most parable)

  1. (obsolete) That can easily be prepared or procured; obtainable.

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Etymology edit

Ultimately from Latin parare (to ward off)

Adjective edit

parable (plural parables)

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

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Etymology edit

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

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /paˈraːblə/, /paˈraːbəl/, /ˈparabəl/

Noun edit

parable (plural parables)

  1. A parable or narrative (usually teaching or illustrating a lesson)
  2. A maxim or byword, a short phrase or quip teaching or illustrating a lesson.
  3. A oration or session of speaking, especially one full of invective; a diatribe or rant.

Descendants edit

  • English: parable
  • Scots: parable
  • Yola: parboles (plural)

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