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|part of speech:
||a brief story told as a moral or religious lesson, esp. one that uses allegory or symbolism.
The Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan teaches that it is right to help others whether or not they are strangers to us.
- similar words:
- allegory, apologue, fable, story
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.