parable

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

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 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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Verb[edit]

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

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

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.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, 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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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Latin parare (to ward off)

Adjective[edit]

parable (masculine and feminine, plural parables)

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

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