[ee-soh-pee-uh n, ee-sop-ee-]


of, relating to, or characteristic of Aesop or his fables: a story that points an Aesopian moral.
conveying meaning by hint, euphemism, innuendo, or the like: In the candidate's Aesopian language, “soft on Communism” was to be interpreted as “Communist sympathizer.”

Also Ae·sop·ic [ee-sop-ik] /iˈsɒp ɪk/.

Origin of Aesopian

1870–75; < Late Latin Aesōpi(us) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for aesopic



1927, in reference to Soviet literary censorship: "obscure or ambiguous writing, often allegorical, which disguises dissent," from Aesop + -ic. The term (Russian ezopovskii, 1875) arose under the Tsars and the style was used by Russian communists. Once they took power the word was applied by them as a charge against their own dissidents.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper