Definition of Allegory

1. Noun. A short moral story (often with animal characters).

Exact synonyms: Apologue, Fable, Parable
Generic synonyms: Story
Specialized synonyms: Aesop's Fables
Specialized synonyms: Pilgrim's Progress
Derivative terms: Allegorical, Allegorise, Allegorise, Allegorize, Allegorize, Fabulist, Fabulous, Parabolic, Parabolical

2. Noun. A visible symbol representing an abstract idea.

3. Noun. An expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor.

Definition of Allegory

1. n. A figurative sentence or discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The real subject is thus kept out of view, and we are left to collect the intentions of the writer or speaker by the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject.

Definition of Allegory

1. Noun. The representation of abstract principles by characters or figures. ¹

2. Noun. A picture, book, or other form of communication using such representation. ¹

3. Noun. A symbolic representation. ¹

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Definition of Allegory

1. a story presenting a moral principle [n -RIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Allegory

allegory (current term)
allegro con spirito
allegro ma non troppo
allegro non troppo
allelic exclusion
allelic gene

Literary usage of Allegory

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1. English Pageantry: An Historical Outline by Robert Withington (1918)
"."1 Lydgate brought allegory to the pageant; and we may surmise that, being an author of allegorical poems, he did not draw upon the morality, ..."

2. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1772)
"... but I believe neither author had even the moft dînant notion of an allegory. ... Here alfo you find the allegory finely pu.-fued throughout; yet not fo ..."

3. The Complete Works of John Lyly by John Lyly (1902)
"ON THE allegory IN ENDIMION NEARLY sixty years ago the Rev. ... In the first place it is necessary to observe that the allegory in Endimion is twofold. ..."

4. Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews by Robert Lowth (1829)
"THE third species of allegory, which also prevails much in the prophetic poetry, is when a double meaning is couched under the same words ; or when the same ..."

5. A Study of the Types of Literature by Mabel Irene Rich (1921)
"The Prose allegory.—The prose allegory is a prose form in which there is a long ... The greatest prose allegory in the literature of the world * is Bunyan's ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"allegory has always l>een largely used. The Greek writers made use of it, especially Plato, Homer and Hera- clitus. Sometimes the sacred writers themselves ..."

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