American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or characteristic of the animal fables of Aesop.
- adj. Using or having ambiguous or allegorical meanings, especially to elude political censorship: "They could express their views only in a diluted form, resorting to Aesopian hints and allusions” ( Isaac Deutscher).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to Æsop, an ancient Greek writer of fables, of whom little or nothing is certainly known; composed by him or in his manner: as, a fable in the Æsopian style. Also spelled Esopian.
- adj. not comparable Related to or concerning the Greek fabulist Aesop
- adj. comparable Characteristic of Aesop's animal fables
- adj. comparable Employing or having an ambiguous or allegorical meaning, especially a political meaning
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to Æsop, or in his manner.
- From Latin Aesopius ("Aesopian"), from Ancient Greek Αἴσωπος (Aisōpos, "the famous Greek fabulist Aesop") (Wiktionary)
“I presume, in the so-called Aesopian language, or, no matter what we said, we really meant its opposite.”
“The second work of our poetess consists of a collection of fables, generally called Aesopian, which she translated into French verse.”
“In a tale with an Aesopian flavor, an ant who politely waits her turn for cake seems at first to lose but wins in the end.”
“The well-known joke, which has an almost Aesopian ring to it, about the running shoes and the bear is apposite.”
“Adam Schofield examines the ways Juraj Herz's The Cremator "elicits psychological horror through its disorienting cinematography," how it "reflects trends in Nazi propaganda" and "the much-overlooked indirectly subversive Aesopian messages pertaining to communism that the film directed towards Czechoslovakian audiences of the late 1960s.”
“Russia had censors and sent many journalists to Siberia, but in America Aesopian writing “for discerning readers” does not have that excuse.”
“To back his Aesopian premise he also suggests that Stella Rimington was merely rambling on and apparently she doesn't understand the 'the genuine threat that new forms of terrorism pose' which kind of left me wondering whether the chutzpah of this man has an end.”
“I did an entire month online through Scholastic with kids writing Aesopian fables in rhyme.”
“This is wonderful, of course, but even this published mode enforces very short stories whose first priority seems to be the deliverance of an Aesopian moral (certainly not all, exceptions do exist).”
“Nay, the Aesopian apologue even saith that certain petty country gents of the lower class, who had sold”
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