follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

Aesopian

[ee-soh-pee-uh n, ee-sop-ee-] /iˈsoʊ pi ən, iˈsɒp i-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Aesop or his fables:
a story that points an Aesopian moral.
2.
conveying meaning by hint, euphemism, innuendo, or the like: In the candidate's Aesopian language, “soft on Communism” was to be interpreted as “Communist sympathizer.”.
Also, Aesopic
[ee-sop-ik] /iˈsɒp ɪk/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Late Latin Aesōpi(us) + -an
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for aesopic

Aesopic

adj.

1927, in reference to Soviet literary censorship: "obscure or ambiguous writing, often allegorical, which disguises dissent," from Aesop + -ic. The term (Russian ezopovskii, 1875) arose under the Tsars and the style was used by Russian communists. Once they took power the word was applied by them as a charge against their own dissidents.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Aesopian

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for aesopic

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends