Definition of parable in English:


Line breaks: par|able
Pronunciation: /ˈparəb(ə)l


A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels: the parable of the blind men and the elephant a modern-day parable
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  • Jesus Christ sometimes used the camel in parables.
  • Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing.
  • In each gospel some of the parables are linked explicitly to Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God.
allegory, moral story, moral tale, fable, lesson, exemplum;
Judaism Haggadah
rare apologue


Middle English: from Old French parabole, from an ecclesiastical Latin sense 'discourse, allegory' of Latin parabola 'comparison', from Greek parabolē (see parabola).

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