Meaning of apologue in English:


Pronunciation /ˈapəlɒɡ/

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  • A moral fable, especially one with animals as characters.

    ‘An Arthurian element surfaces in later genres of literature such as stories or apologues in bardic verse, ballads and oral tales, and even genealogies.’
    • ‘Sandrart's story of Caravaggio's death is easily interpreted as an apologue rather than as biography because there is so little ground to confuse moral and factual truths.’
    • ‘The most ancient poets graced their productions with apologues.’
    parable, analogy, metaphor, symbol, emblem


Mid 16th century from French, via Latin from Greek apologos ‘story’.