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cautionary talenoun [C]

uk   us  
a ​story that gives a ​warning: Her ​story is a ​cautionarytale for women ​travellingalone.
(Definition of cautionary tale from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cautionary tale”
in Chinese (Simplified) 警世故事, 具警示性的事件…
in Chinese (Traditional) 警世故事, 具警示性的事件…
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