Definition of allegorical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaləˈɡôrək(ə)l/


Constituting or containing allegory: an allegorical painting
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  • Jahangir commissioned some of the most powerful allegorical paintings to emerge from the Mughal School.
  • In a society dominated by allegorical and historical painting, his scenes of contemporary life were regarded as a novelty.
  • The film is rich in allegorical theme and symbolic imagery, transforming the most banal of materials into miraculous epiphanies.



Pronunciation: /ˌaləˈɡôrik/
Example sentences
  • Whilst he writes of his anxiety for the future, he also takes the stoic attitude I remember so well in him when he writes, in part (in somewhat allegoric French): ‘There you have it, the life of a new immigrant.’
  • In his later films Pasolini preoccupied himself with the poetic, allegoric, and mystic in search of a purity of experience that he believed civilisation and modernity had despoiled.
  • The long robe of the allegoric figure as well as her appearance over water would be familiar to the majority of the nominally Catholic French nation as an allusion to the Virgin Mary.


Pronunciation: /ˌaləˈɡôrək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • There are exquisite touches, executed with extraordinary skill: the allegorically suggestive tear in the curtain; the artist's helpless dishabille; the uniquely knowing expression on the face of the central woman.
  • The physical disruptions to space in Farrell's photographs work allegorically to describe the ruptures of memory and landscape.
  • The second mitigating factor is that Crowley uses the entirety of time travel allegorically, as a metaphor for British colonialism.

Words that rhyme with allegorical

ahistorical, categorical, historical, metaphorical, oratorical, phantasmagorical, rhetorical

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Syllabification: al·le·gor·i·cal

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