apologue

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French apologue, from Latin apologus from Ancient Greek ἀπόλογος (apólogos, story, tale, fable) from ἀπό- (apó-, off, away from) + λόγος (lógos, speech).

Noun[edit]

apologue (countable and uncountable, plural apologues)

  1. a short story with a moral, often involving talking animals or objects; a fable
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 7:
      "Still I must bear my hard lot as well as I can—at least, I shall be amongst gentlefolks, and not with vulgar city people": and she fell to thinking of her Russell Square friends with that very same philosophical bitterness with which, in a certain apologue, the fox is represented as speaking of the grapes.
  2. (rhetoric) use of fable to persuade the audience

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Noun[edit]

apologue m (plural apologues)

  1. apologue