Definition of apologue in English:

apologue

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An Arthurian element surfaces in later genres of literature such as stories or apologues in bardic verse, ballads and oral tales, and even genealogies.’
    • ‘The most ancient poets graced their productions with apologues.’
    parable, analogy, metaphor, symbol, emblem
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

apologue

/ˈapəlɒɡ/