- 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
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Historical Examples of 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.
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.