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

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



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

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    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


  1. an allegory or moral fable
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Word Origin

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


"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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