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Etymology 1Edit

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.

NounEdit

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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VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive) To represent by parable.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      Which by the ancient sages was thus parabled.

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Etymology 2Edit

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

AdjectiveEdit

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; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970:
      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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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Latin parare (to ward off)

AdjectiveEdit

parable (plural parables)

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

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

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.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: parable
  • Scots: parable

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