parable (plural parables)
- 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.
short story illustrating a lesson
- Catalan: paràbola f
- Mandarin: 譬語, 譬语 (pìyǔ), 隱語 (zh), 隐语 (zh) (yǐnyǔ), 諷喻, 讽喻 (fěngyù), 寓言 (zh) (yùyán)
- Czech: podobenství (cs) n
- Dutch: parabel (nl) m
- Esperanto: parabolo
- Finnish: paraabeli (fi), vertauskertomus (fi)
- French: parabole (fr)
- Georgian: იგავი (igavi), იგავ-არაკი (igav-araḳi)
- German: Gleichnis (de) n, Gleichniserzählung f, Gleichnisrede, Parabel (de) f
- Greek: παραβολή (el) f (paravolí)
- Italian: parabola (it) f
- Japanese: 寓話 (ja) (ぐうわ, gūwa), 譬え話 (たとえばなし, tatoebanashi), 比喩 (ja) (ひゆ, hiyu)
- Latin: parabola (la), parabole
parable (third-person singular simple present parables, present participle parabling, simple past and past participle parabled)
- (transitive) To represent by parable.
- Which by the ancient sages was thus parabled. — Milton.
From Latin parābilis, from parāre (“to prepare, procure”).
parable (comparative more parable, superlative most parable)
- (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?)
Ultimately from Latin parare (“to ward off”)
parable m, f (plural parables)
- preventable (able to be or fit to be prevented)