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 (ăp′ə-lôg′, -lŏg′)
A moral fable, especially one having animals or inanimate objects as characters.

[French, from Latin apologus, from Greek apologos : apo-, apo- + logos, speech; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an allegory or moral fable
[C17: from Latin, from Greek apologos]


(ˈæp əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg)

an allegorical fable typically containing a moral.
[1545–55; (< Middle French) < Latin apologus < Greek apólogos fable. See apo-, -logue]
ap′o•log`al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apologue - a short moral story (often with animal characters)apologue - a short moral story (often with animal characters)
story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"
Aesop's fables - a collection of fables believed to have been written by the Greek storyteller Aesop


[ˈæpəlɒg] Napólogo m
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And in my opinion this sort of writing and composition is of the same species as the fables they call the Milesian, nonsensical tales that aim solely at giving amusement and not instruction, exactly the opposite of the apologue fables which amuse and instruct at the same time.
Not less true to all time are the details of that stately apologue.
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.
One of these projects, a 2009 piece titled "Holiday Inn Apologue," was comprised of a pair of slide projectors whose loops of images were programmed with two audio tracks.
Defining the public intellectual allows Joeckel to argue that the "outsider or nonconformist" role assumed by those taking on the public intellectual persona is one Lewis assumed in his apologetics, as well as his apologue, which Joeckel argues are works "organized as a fictional example of the truth of a formulable statement or a series of such statements" (qtd.
Lacan illustrates this in Seminar xiv by a little apologue alluding to the art of the salesman, which is the art of making someone desire an object they have no need for, thereby pushing them to demand it.
It is an apologue where each meter and each brick Narrate a sacrifice, harm or a death.
Chrysler brand commercial features iconic American singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, who narrates apologue that celebrates "America's Import"
For such an insect, life is an amorphous apologue of perceptions without connection, except those that pragmatically drive it from place to place.
Il le souligne d'ailleurs clairement dans un long passage oE il rappelle l'importance des signes sur la construction d'une identite: [beaucoup moins que]Si je croyais aux signes, je trouverais cette traversee exemplaire et j'en ferais un apologue pour l'endoctrinement pueril des generations a venir.
As Edward Tomarken points out, after "nearly two and a half centuries of almost continuous dispute, critics are still unable to decide whether Rasselas is a novel, oriental tale, or apologue and whether its conclusion is to be seen in religious or secular terms" (5).
Lewis and the Art of the Apologue," proposes that considering The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce as apologues (works "organized as a fictional example of the truth of a formulable statement or a series of such statements," quoting Sheldon Sacks, a sort of "moral allegory" [72]) rather as than novels or fantasies can correct certain critical misunderstandings about their structure, characterization, and plot, and provide the reader with a better set of criteria by which to judge their success against the rules and conventions of this specific genre.