Definition of parable in English:


Syllabification: par·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈparəbəl


  • A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.
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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/tale, fable, exemplum


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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