Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, late 16th century
A person who composes or relates fables.
A liar, especially a person who invents elaborate, dishonest stories.
Examples of Fabulist in a sentence
"Her debut fantasy romance novel earned her the reputation of a skilled fabulist."
"He couldn't seem to stop telling fibs about almost everything, and he became known as a fabulist."
The root of "fabulist" is the Latin "fābula," meaning "story," but English speakers acquired this word from the French "fabuliste," meaning "writer of stories." The mendacious connotation to the word was a later usage.
Did you Know?
Fabulist is certainly related to the more easily recognizable adjective "fabulous." While "fabulous" is now used to describe anything fashionable and glamorous, the original meaning was "known through fable." A fabulist might tell fabulous stories of dragons, mermaids, unicorns, and wizards.