- 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.”
Origin of Aesopian
Examples from the Web for aesopic
A fable is again introduced which is of a pronounced Aesopic cast.Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama
Walter W. Greg
It comes nearest to the Aesopic fable and its eastern origins or parallels.
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.