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Fable (verb neuter)

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To Fa'ble. v.n. [from the noun.]

  1. To feign; to write not truth but fiction.

    That Saturn's sons receiv'd the three-fold reign
    Of heav'n, of ocean, and deep hell beneath,
    Old poets mention, fabling.

    Vain now the tales which fabling poets tell,
    That wav'ring conquest still desires to rove!
    In Marlbro's camp the goddess knows to dwell.

  2. To tell falsehoods; to lye.

    He fables not: I hear the enemy. Shakesp. Henry VI.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (48) · Prior, Matthew (162)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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