Figure Name apologue
Source Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); Bullinger (1898) ("apologue; or, fable")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms fable, fabula
Etymology Gk. from apo "from" and logos "speech" from "to speak," "a story," "tale," and especially "a fable"
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Appeasing and persuading the rude and ignorant through comparisons made in form of a fable. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. A Fictitious Narrative used for Illustration... An Apologue (or Fable) differs from a Parable, in that the Parable describes what is likely or probably, or at any rate what is believed by the hearers as probable, while the Fable is not limited by such considerations, and is used of impossibilities, such as trees, or animals, and inanimate things talking and acting. (Bullinger, 745)


1. "And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon." Judges 9:15 (Silva Rhetoricae)

Kind Of Similarity
Part Of
Related Figures fable, parable, allegory
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ioanna Malton
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
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