Definition of Parable

1. Noun. A short moral story (often with animal characters).

Exact synonyms: Allegory, Apologue, Fable
Generic synonyms: Story
Specialized synonyms: Aesop's Fables
Specialized synonyms: Pilgrim's Progress
Derivative terms: Allegorical, Allegorise, Allegorise, Allegorize, Allegorize, Fabulist, Fabulous, Parabolic, Parabolical



2. Noun. (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message. "The parable of the prodigal son"
Generic synonyms: Story
Category relationships: New Testament
Derivative terms: Parabolic, Parabolical

Definition of Parable

1. a. Procurable.

2. 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; as, the parables of Christ.

3. v. t. To represent by parable.

Definition of Parable

1. Noun. A short narrative illustrating a lesson (usually religious/moral) by comparison or analogy ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To represent by parable. ¹

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

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Parable

1. a simple story conveying a moral or religious lesson [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parable

parabasal filament
parabases
parabasis
parabema
paraben
parabens
parabenzoquinone
parabioses
parabiosis
parabiotic
parabiotic flap
parabiotically
parablast
parablastic
parablasts
parable (current term)
parabled
parablelike
parablepsia
parablepsis
parablepsy
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parabola
parabolae
parabolas
parabole
paraboles
parabolic
parabolic geometry

Literary usage of Parable

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"by the parable of the Good Samaritan. Next Jesus was received in the hospitable home of Mary and Martha, where He declares Mary to have chosen the better ..."

2. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1841)
"Hence, instruction by way of parable is naturally adapted to engage attention; ... By laying hold on the imagination, parable insinuates itself into the ..."

3. The Englishman's Greek Concordance of the New Testament: Being an Attempt at by George V. Wigram (1870)
"But without a parable spake he not 7:17.asked him concerning the parable. ... And he spake &\io я parable unto them ; 6:39. And he spake a parable unto them ..."

4. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Luke by Alfred Plummer (1902)
"The parable of the Pounds. It is probable that this is distinct from the parable ... of the parable as well as regards the time and place of its delivery. ..."

5. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"It was in this spirit that he said: parable. " Blessed are your eyes, ... It is in the essence of the parable that to the essentially ethical and religious ..."

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