Learn English – WHAT IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “STORY” AND “TALE” IN THIS CONTEXT?

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For all their efforts, the diplomats at Versailles achieved the precise opposite of what they had set out to do, inexorably, tragically laying the groundwork for the next, more horrible world war. In this sense, then, the story of diplomacy also reads as a cautionary tale. source: diplomacy VSI

Best Answer

No difference, except that tale is a slightly literary or old-fashioned word.

However a cautionary tale is a fixed expression, and as with most idioms you cannot replace a word by its synonym in the expression.