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apologue

[ap-uh-lawg, -log]
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noun
  1. a didactic narrative; a moral fable.
  2. an allegory.

Origin of apologue

1545–55; (< Middle French) < Latin apologus < Greek apólogos fable. See apo-, -logue
Related formsap·o·log·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for apologue

Historical Examples

  • And here, Socrates, I will leave the apologue and resume the argument.

    Protagoras

    Plato

  • I had no answer for the apologue—not even for the self-condemnatory tone in which he told it.

    Aladdin &amp; Co.

    Herbert Quick

  • The anecdote was of the character of an apologue, and pertained to game.

  • This apologue pleased the Cardinal, though, in fact, it was very superficial.

  • Length is not an essential matter in the definition of an apologue.


British Dictionary definitions for apologue

apologue

noun
  1. an allegory or moral fable

Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from Greek apologos
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Word Origin and History for apologue

n.

"moral fable," 1550s, from French apologue, from Latin apologus, from Greek apologos, from apo- "off, away from" (see apo-) + logos "speech" (see lecture (n.)). Literally, "(that which comes) from a speech."

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