American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A comparison; similitude.
- n. Specifically An allegorical relation or representation from which a moral is drawn for instruction; an apologue. It is a species of fable, and differs from the apologue in that it deals with events which, though fictitious, might reasonably have happened in nature. The word is also employed in the English Bible to signify a proverb, a proverbial or notable saying, a thing darkly or figuratively expressed.
- n. Synonyms Metaphor, Comparison,etc. (see simile); Fable,etc. (see myth).
- To represent by a parable or allegorical representation.
- Capable of being procured, prepared, or provided.
- adj. obsolete That can easily be prepared or procured; obtainable.
- n. A short narrative illustrating a lesson (usually religious/moral) by comparison or analogy
- v. transitive To represent by parable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Procurable.
- n. A comparison; a similitude; specifically, a short fictitious narrative of something which might really occur in life or nature, by means of which a moral is drawn.
- v. rare To represent by parable.
- n. a short moral story (often with animal characters)
- n. (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message
- From Old French (=modern) parabole, from Late Latin parabola, from Ancient Greek παραβολή (parabolē, "putting aside"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin parabola, from Greek parabolē, from paraballein, to compare : para-, beside; see para-1 + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“A parable is told in Matthew*** (a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning) about a man who owned a vineyard.”
“Also, a parable is a work of fiction told to help teach a lesson.”
“I'm afraid, Nina, that's what they call a parable," said he, darkly.”
“This parable is another way applicable, and may be taken as designed to teach us to begin speedily to be religious, rather than to begin cautiously; and may mean the same with Matt.v. 25, Agree with thine adversary quickly.”
“Now this parable is applicable to another purpose than that for which it was intended; and does excellently set forth the kindness and love of God our Saviour towards sinful miserable man.”
“To the application of the parable is added here, which we had not before, their deprecation of the doom included in it (v. 16): When they heart it, they said, God forbid, Me genoito -- Let not this be done, so it should be read.”
“Actually the Greek uses the word parable, which is a metaphorical story.”
“(The word parable is in Greek parable (parabole) which signifies placing beside or together, a comparison, a parable is therefore literally a placing beside, a comparison, a similitude, an illustration of one subject by another.”
“The Marxville parable is also too simple in the majoritarian picture it paints.”
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