parabola parabola
 par-ab'-o-la from para “beside” and ballein “to throw or cast”
similitude, comparison, resemblance misticall

The explicit drawing of a parallel between two essentially dissimilar things, especially with a moral or didactic purpose. A parable.

Parabola can be considered a type of metaphor or simile, or allegory (within its more constrained meaning). Bede refers to this figure, along with paradigma and icon, as kinds of homoeosis.

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Sources: Bede 618; Sherry (1550) 90 ("parabole," "similitude," "comparicon"); Peacham (1577) U2r; Putt. (1589) 251 ("parabola," "resemblance misticall")

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