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Fable (verb active)

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To Fa'ble. v.a. To feign; to tell of falsety.

                      We mean to win,
Or turn this heav'n itself into the hell
Thou fablest.
Milton's Paradise Lost, b. vi. l. 292.

    Ladies of th' Hesperides, that seem'd
Fairer than feign'd of old, or fabl'd since
Of fair damsels met in forest wide,
By knights.
Milton's Parad. Lost.

Sources: Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Fable (verb active)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 26, 2014. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/fable-verb-active/.

  1. The second Milton quote (“Ladies of th’ Hesperides…”) comes from Paradise Regained (b. ii. l. 357-360).

  2. Brandi on May 1st, 2013 at 5:43 pm

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