Definition of apologue in English:

apologue

Line breaks: apo|logue
Pronunciation: /ˈapəlɒg
 
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noun

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

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, via Latin from Greek apologos 'story'.

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