meaning of apologue

apologue meaning in General Dictionary

A story or connection of fictitious occasions designed to convey some ethical truth a moral fable

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  • a short moral story (usually with animal figures)
  • A story or connection of fictitious events, intended to express some moral truth; a moral fable.

apologue meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"moral fable," 1550s, from French apologue, from Latin apologus, from Greek apologos, from apo- "off, from" (see apo-) + logos "message" (see lecture (n.)). Virtually, "(whatever comes) from a speech."


apologue meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) An account or connection of fictitious events, designed to express some ethical truth; a moral fable.


Sentence Examples with the word apologue

In Blanquerna (1283), a novel which describes a new Utopia, Lull renews the Platonic tradition and anticipates the methods of Sir Thomas More, Campanella and Harrington, and in the Libre de Maravelles (1286) he adopts the Oriental apologue from Kalilah and Dimnah.

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