Ap"o*logue (#), n. [L. apologous, Gr. ; from + speech, to speak: cf. F. apologue.]
A story or relation of fictitious events, intended to convey some moral truth; a moral fable.
⇒ An apologue differs from a parable in this;: the parable is drawn from events which take place among mankind, and therefore requires probability in the narrative; the apologue is founded on supposed actions of brutes or inanimate things, and therefore is not limited by strict rules of probability. Aesop's fables are good examples of apologues.
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