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ˈæp əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒgapo·logue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fable, parable, allegory, apologue(noun)

    a short moral story (often with animal characters)


  1. apologue(Noun)

    A short story with a moral, often involving talking animals or objects; a fable.

    Etymology: From apologue

  2. apologue(Noun)

    Use of fable to persuade the audience.

    Etymology: From apologue

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apologue(noun)

    a story or relation of fictitious events, intended to convey some moral truth; a moral fable

    Etymology: [L. apologous, Gr. ; from + speech, to speak: cf. F. apologue.]


  1. Apologue

    An apologue or apolog is a brief fable or allegorical story with pointed or exaggerated details, meant to serve as a pleasant vehicle for a moral doctrine or to convey a useful lesson without stating it explicitly. Unlike a fable, the moral is more important than the narrative details. As with the parable, the apologue is a tool of rhetorical argument used to convince or persuade. Among the best known ancient and classical examples are that of Jotham in the Book of Judges; "The Belly and its Members," by the patrician Agrippa Menenius Lanatus in the second book of Livy; and perhaps most famous of all, those of Aesop. Well-known modern examples of this literary form include George Orwell's Animal Farm and the Br'er Rabbit stories derived from African and Cherokee cultures and recorded and synthesized by Joel Chandler Harris. The term is applied more particularly to a story in which the actors or speakers are either various kinds of animals or are inanimate objects. An apologue is distinguished from a fable in that there is always some moral sense present in the former, which there need not be in the latter. An apologue is generally dramatic, and has been defined as "a satire in action."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apologue

    a′pol-og, n. a fable, parable, or short allegorical story, intended to serve as a pleasant vehicle for some moral doctrine—applied more particularly to one in which the actors are animals or inanimate things, e.g. the apologue of Jotham in Judges, ix. 7-15. [Fr.—Gr. apologos, a fable—apo, from, logos, speech.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apologue in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apologue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    • A. reciprocal
    • B. tingle
    • C. canopy
    • D. abandon

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