apologue

apologue

[ap-uh-lawg, -log]
noun
1.
a didactic narrative; a moral fable.
2.
an allegory.

Origin:
1545–55; (< Middle French) < Latin apologus < Greek apólogos fable. See apo-, -logue

apologal, adjective
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apologue (ˈæpəˌlɒɡ)
 
n
an allegory or moral fable
 
[C17: from Latin, from Greek apologos]

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apologue
"moral fable," 1550s, from Fr. apologue, from L. apologus, from Gk. apologos, from apo- "off, away from" + logos "speech" (see lecture). Lit. "(that which comes) from a speech."
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