Definition of fabulist in English:



  • 1A person who composes or relates fables.

    • ‘Brooks could never be called a fabulist, if for no other reason, because he sidesteps the problem altogether by writing about archetypes instead of real people.’
    • ‘You are a novelist, a film director, a fabulist.’
    • ‘With offbeat androgynous heroes, reworked fairy tales, and stories within stories, follow-up novels like The Passion established Winterson as a European-style fabulist with an international fan base.’
    • ‘Wodehouse was essentially a fabulist, one who attempts to convey essential truths through fantasy.’
    • ‘Though a self-proclaimed Australian writer, Carey is a fabulist who does not write in any recognizable national tradition.’
    • ‘The Italian fabulist's book sets up a series of interrupted narratives that it doesn't take up.’
    • ‘A subversive Cytherean imagery was next taken up by the poet and fabulist Jean de La Fontaine, friend to Scudery and admirer of Marino.’
    • ‘At the heart of his masterful Elegy for Kosovo, the Albanian fabulist Ismail Kadare places the poignant tale of two fourteenth-century minstrels joined in flight.’
    • ‘We might say more accurately that he is a fabulous second-order fabulist - which is another way of saying that his own characters tell better stories than he does.’
    • ‘With spectacular costumes and makeup, and an unerring feel for lighting and composition, Christensen creates a startling nightmare world of bizarre imagery that is highly reminiscent of medieval fabulists such as Bosch.’
    • ‘Like all the best fabulists he had no illusions about life's underlying harshness.’
    • ‘For here is the genius of the Welsh fabulists in 21 compact episodes; where intense silliness, moral rigour, cavalier experiments and unforgettable tunes meet and make magic.’
    • ‘The story itself is inspired by a legendary 18 th-century fabulist whose name has become synonymous with delusional behavior.’
    • ‘One of the many writers Bloom champions is Italo Calvino, the Italian fabulist who died in 1985.’
    • ‘In any event, as part of Samaniego's preferred verse form, it presents a particular challenge to the translator attempting to capture the Spanish fabulist's peculiar character, whatever the target language.’
    • ‘Dennis Tito won't have the amenities envisioned by some science-fiction fabulists such as a stellar hotel suite or stopping off for a space snack at an orbiting fast-food restaurant.’
    • ‘I spot a guy heading for the door who looks exactly like the fabulist Stephen Glass, but it turns out his name is Mike and he's come with his fiancée, Melissa, 32.’
    1. 1.1 A liar, especially a person who invents elaborate, dishonest stories.
      • ‘Computers, the Web, and this news database make it much easier to expose plagiarists and fabulists whose crimes would have gone undetected in 1966.’
      • ‘It emerged in court that he is a habitual fabulist and liar with a weak grip on reality and a determination to live out some of his fantasies.’
      • ‘He was a virtuoso fabulist, whose literary hoaxes and counterfeits verged on pastiche.’
      • ‘Bialik finds several reasons why his sloppy sourcing was allowed to go on for so long, and writes that there are four conditions that allow fabulists within journalism to work undetected.’
      • ‘For instance, I wonder if - I doubt there are more plagiarists and fabulists in journalism today than there were in the past.’
      • ‘Alas: these archetypes we revere wouldn't last a day in a modern newspaper - they were profane, drunken, nihilistic fabulists more concerned with the cards in their hands than the truth on the page.’
      • ‘There are fibbers, fabricators and feckless fabulists.’
      • ‘In these days of fabulists, journalists must earn public trust by keeping the ‘non’ in ‘non-fiction.’’
      • ‘I don't agree with Shannon Rupp's assertion that it's easier for the ‘ethically challenged ‘journalist to thrive today - it's just that more fabulists are getting caught.’’


Late 16th century: from French fabuliste, from Latin fabula (see fable).