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Anecdote vs. Fable — What's the Difference?

Anecdote vs. Fable — What's the Difference?

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Anecdote

An anecdote is a brief, revealing account of an individual person or an incident: "a story with a point," such as to communicate an abstract idea about a person, place, or thing through the concrete details of a short narrative or to characterize by delineating a specific quirk or trait. Occasionally humorous, anecdotes differ from jokes because their primary purpose is not simply to provoke laughter but to reveal a truth more general than the brief tale itself.Anecdotes may be real or fictional; the anecdotal digression is a common feature of literary works and even oral anecdotes typically involve subtle exaggeration and dramatic shape designed to entertain the listener.
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Fable

Fable is a literary genre: a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, legendary creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature that are anthropomorphized, and that illustrates or leads to a particular moral lesson (a "moral"), which may at the end be added explicitly as a concise maxim or saying. A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as actors that assume speech or other powers of humankind.
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Anecdote

A short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person
He told anecdotes about his job
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Fable

A usually short narrative making an edifying or cautionary point and often employing as characters animals that speak and act like humans.
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Anecdote

A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.
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Fable

A story about legendary persons and exploits.
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Anecdote

Pl. an·ec·dotes or an·ec·do·ta (-dōtə) Secret or hitherto undivulged particulars of history or biography.
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Fable

A falsehood; a lie.
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Anecdote

A short account of a real incident or person, often humorous or interesting.
Tell an anecdote
Relate a short anecdote
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Fable

To recount as if true.
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Anecdote

An account which supports an argument, but which is not supported by scientific or statistical analysis.
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Fable

To compose fables.
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Anecdote

A previously untold secret account of an incident.
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Fable

A fictitious narrative intended to enforce some useful truth or precept, usually with animals, etc. as characters; an apologue. Prototypically, Aesop's Fables.
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Anecdote

(ambitransitive) To tell anecdotes (about).
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Fable

Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk.
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Anecdote

Unpublished narratives.
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Fable

Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
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Anecdote

A particular or detached incident or fact of an interesting nature; a biographical incident or fragment; a single passage of private life.
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Fable

The plot, story, or connected series of events forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
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Anecdote

Short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
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Fable

To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction; to write or utter what is not true.
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Fable

To make up; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely; to recount in the form of a fable.
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Fable

A Feigned story or tale, intended to instruct or amuse; a fictitious narration intended to enforce some useful truth or precept; an apologue. See the Note under Apologue.
Jotham's fable of the trees is the oldest extant.
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Fable

The plot, story, or connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
The moral is the first business of the poet; this being formed, he contrives such a design or fable as may be most suitable to the moral.
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Fable

Any story told to excite wonder; common talk; the theme of talk.
We grewThe fable of the city where we dwelt.
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Fable

Fiction; untruth; falsehood.
It would look like a fable to report that this gentleman gives away a great fortune by secret methods.
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Fable

To compose fables; hence, to write or speak fiction ; to write or utter what is not true.
Vain now the tales which fabling poets tell.
He fables, yet speaks truth.
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Fable

To feign; to invent; to devise, and speak of, as true or real; to tell of falsely.
The hell thou fablest.
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Fable

A deliberately false or improbable account
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Fable

A short moral story (often with animal characters)
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Fable

A story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
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