apologue

[ ap-uh-lawg, -log ]
/ ˈæp əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg /

noun

a didactic narrative; a moral fable.
an allegory.

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Nearby words

  1. apologia pro vita sua,
  2. apological,
  3. apologise,
  4. apologist,
  5. apologize,
  6. apology,
  7. apolune,
  8. apomict,
  9. apomixis,
  10. apomorphine

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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British Dictionary definitions for apologue

apologue

/ (ˈæpəˌlɒɡ) /

noun

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

apologue

n.

"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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