ap·​o·​logue ˈa-pə-ˌlȯg How to pronounce apologue (audio)
: an allegorical narrative usually intended to convey a moral

Examples of apologue in a Sentence

the film is an apologue of sorts, but the message is couched in a zany and action-filled plot

Word History


borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin apologus "tale, fable," borrowed from Greek apólogos "tale, fable, allegory," from apo- apo- + lógos "word, speech, story" — more at legend

First Known Use

circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apologue was circa 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Apologue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apologue. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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