Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling a fable or fairy tale

Etymologies

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fable +‎ -like

Examples

  • Would you describe the tone of the novel as "fablelike"?

    The House of Gentle Men by Kathy Hepinstall: Questions

  • There's always been a market for this kind of fablelike, fanciful tale.

    HeraldNet.com Local, Sports, Business and Entertainment News

  • At the same time, the alien setting and fablelike narration offer limited opportunity for readers to remain connected with the characters. '

    The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman: Book summary

  • If you can accept it on its fablelike terms, the wishfully rosy resolution will seem heavenly; more skeptical viewers may have an allergic reaction to the whole concept.

    Silent Clown, Chatty Killer

  • Mock Jonathan Livingston Seagull if you wish, but consider that the fablelike feel-good best seller of our time is a business book: Who Moved My Cheese?

    The Great Escape

  • The Finishing School, like several of her most recent books (Symposium, Aiding and Abetting) has a somewhat anorexic quality; Spark's austere principle "Never apologize, never explain" is embodied in storytelling of a fablelike simplicity and directness.

    The Prime of Ms. Muriel Spark

  • A fablelike tale set in turn-of-the-century Vietnam offers intrigue, revenge, a treasure map, and undying love, in a sprawling confection from memoirist Nguyen (The Unwanted, 2000).

    The Tapestries: Summary and book reviews of The Tapestries by Kien Nguyen.

  • The first is, initially, a fablelike tale about a puppet-maker and his creation: an animated wooden puppet fully equipped with frisky playfulness, emotional needs and, increasingly, resentment.

    The Seattle Times

  • Among the political exiles - dubbed "the Disappeared" - who have returned to the city is a charismatic young leader, also called Venice (even the names in this show have a fablelike resonance), who vows to usher in an era of peace.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • "[I] t blends fablelike simplicity with documentary touches to tell the story of a near-primordial struggle between the haves and the have-nots," writes

    GreenCine Daily

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