Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Æsop, or in his manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective not comparable Related to or concerning the Greek fabulist Aesop
  • adjective comparable Characteristic of Aesop's animal fables
  • adjective comparable Employing or having an ambiguous or allegorical meaning, especially a political meaning

Etymologies

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From Latin Aesopius ("Aesopian"), from Ancient Greek Αἴσωπος (Aisōpos, "the famous Greek fabulist Aesop")

Examples

  • I presume, in the so-called Aesopian language, or, no matter what we said, we really meant its opposite.

    Statement at the Smith Act Trial

  • The second work of our poetess consists of a collection of fables, generally called Aesopian, which she translated into French verse.

    The Lay of Marie

  • 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.

    2010 January 09 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • 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.

    2010 January « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • 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 knew it was too good to be true.

  • Russia had censors and sent many journalists to Siberia, but in America Aesopian writing “for discerning readers” does not have that excuse.

    Matthew Yglesias » Al-Qaeda in Iraq

  • The well-known joke, which has an almost Aesopian ring to it, about the running shoes and the bear is apposite.

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  • 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.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The well-known joke, which has an almost Aesopian ring to it, about the running shoes and the bear is apposite.

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  • 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."

    GreenCine Daily: Senses of Cinema. 43.

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