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par·a·ble

parable

 
 
pronunciation:
pae r bl
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part of speech: noun
definition: a very short story told to teach a moral or religious lesson.
Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us that it is as important to help strangers as it is to help friends.
similar words:
allegory, fable, story
Word History
The word parable comes from Latin and ancient Greek words that mean "a comparison." One learns most from a parable when one understands that the story is supposed to be compared with something else. What that "something else" is, the reader must discover.
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  literature, moral, myth
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The word parable contains the following part:
para- Greek prefix that means beside, alongside