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AEsopian \[AE]*so"pi*an\, Esopian \E*so"pi*an\, a. [L. Aesopius, from Gr. ?, fr. the famous Greek fabulist [AE]sop .] Of or pertaining to [AE]sop, or in his manner.


a. 1 (context not comparable English) Related to or concerning the Greek fabulist Aesop. 2 (context comparable English) Characteristic of Aesop's animal fables. 3 (context comparable English) Employing or having an ambiguous or allegorical meaning, especially a politics meaning.


Aesopian may refer to:

  • Aesop (c. 620–564 BCE), Ancient Greek fabulist
  • Aesopian language, communications that convey an innocent meaning to outsiders but hold a concealed meaning to informed members of a conspiracy or underground movement
  • Aesopian synagogue, a synagogue built with its true purpose disguised

Usage examples of "aesopian".

If he concerned himself with these latter subjects at all, it was only because he could express his radical ideas through them, by an adroit use of Aesopian language, with a little more freedom.

The most direct effect of censorship was to make the Russian writer resort to the techniques of Aesopian language more often than his counterparts in Europe or the United States found it necessary to do.