- a didactic narrative; a moral fable.
- an allegory.
Origin of apologue
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Examples from the Web for apologue
And here, Socrates, I will leave the apologue and resume the argument.Protagoras
I had no answer for the apologue—not even for the self-condemnatory tone in which he told it.Aladdin & Co.
The anecdote was of the character of an apologue, and pertained to game.Evan Harrington, Complete
This apologue pleased the Cardinal, though, in fact, it was very superficial.The Duchess of Trajetto
Length is not an essential matter in the definition of an apologue.
- an allegory or moral fable
C17: from Latin, from Greek apologos
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Word Origin and History for apologue
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