[ap-uh-lawg, -log]


a didactic narrative; a moral fable.
an allegory.

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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Related Words for apologue

parable, allegory, story, fable

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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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