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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.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an allegory or moral fable
[C17: from Latin, from Greek apologos]
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(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.
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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
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[ˈæpəlɒg] Napólogo m
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Not less true to all time are the details of that stately apologue. Apollo kept the flocks of Admetus, said the poets.
narrative: myth, apologue, action, satire, parable.
Yet this is not all: the story also closes by turning its protagonist into the unwitting hero in an apologue about eternal reconciliation: a narrative of "life everlasting" and "sacred, devoted love" (Turgenev 201).
James Duban considers, in addition to works by John Stuart Mill and Jean Paul Sartre, Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Man of Adamant: An Apologue" in light of Philip Roth's "Conversion" and When She Was Good.
The variety of subject matter seen in the auto sacramental genre is a means to an end--that means may be simple or complicated, based on theological polemics or on the prefiguration of biblical events, a hagiography, historical event, legend, apologue, or even a mythological tale "a lo divino." What matters is that they all lead to expounding the doctrine of the elevation of man, his divinization or deification, his link to God.
Still, his sometimes evasive integrative outlook has led commentators either to understate or overlook the pertinence for Roth's narratives of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Man of Adamant: An Apologue" (1837), John Stuart Mill's On Liberty (1859), and Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness (L'etre et le neant, 1943).
Has the Song Celebration Movement been an apologue of the regime, or its classical opposition?
Un petit apologue emprunte au Faust de Goethe resumerait bien ce propos.