[ ap-uh-lawg, -log ]
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  1. a didactic narrative; a moral fable.

  2. an allegory.

Origin of apologue

1545–55; (<Middle French ) <Latin apologus<Greek apólogos fable. See apo-, -logue

Other words from apologue

  • ap·o·log·al, adjective

Words Nearby apologue

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How to use apologue in a sentence

  • His introduction (‘An apologue for an Epilogue’) is full of such outrageous nonsense as to suggest suspicion of his sanity.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
  • The apologue is quite clear; and yet a certain amount of intelligence is necessary for its comprehension.

  • Rasselas is simply an extended and glorified moral apologue—an enlarged "Vision of Mirza."

    The English Novel | George Saintsbury
  • No apologue addressed to the mature intelligence alone, or framed to fit the society of his day, is here included.

    Fables in Rhyme for Little Folks | Jean de La Fontaine
  • A venerable apologue attaches to the nesting habit of the flamingo.

    Unexplored Spain | Abel Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for apologue


/ (ˈæpəˌlɒɡ) /

  1. an allegory or moral fable

Origin of apologue

C17: from Latin, from Greek apologos

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