a didactic narrative; a moral fable.
Origin of apologue
1545–55;Related formsap·o·log·al, adjective
(< Middle French
) < Latin apologus
< Greek apólogos
fable. See apo-
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Examples from the Web for apologue
Historical Examples of apologue
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.
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
an allegory or moral fable
Word Origin for apologue
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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