Definition of allegory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈalɪɡ(ə)ri/

noun (plural allegories)

1A story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one: Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journey
More example sentences
  • It can, and has, also been interpreted as an allegory of the political, economic and social adventures of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
  • At a news conference, Lucas acknowledged the political allegories of the saga, which could have contemporary resonance although he wrote it at the time of the Nixon era.
  • My first response upon rereading the book, largely thanks to my current preoccupations, was to interpret the story as an allegory about writing fiction.
parable, analogy, metaphor, symbol, emblem;
story, tale, myth, legend, saga, fable, apologue
1.1A symbol.
Example sentences
  • He mediates through symbols, metaphors, allegories and metonymy to transmute his experiences of the phenomenal world.
  • But then comes the coded ending, and you realize that Bagger is a symbol, an allegory, a pillar of life, death and whatever else.
  • Your dreams are full of symbols and allegories.



Pronunciation: /ˈalɪɡərɪst/
Example sentences
  • The Christian allegorists, recharging the remaindered Pagan symbols, hope to exorcise the residual energies of the pagan world.
  • Kafka wrongly gets posited as a political or humanitarian allegorist, when his stories are rather personal series of images and processes that cannot be conclusively unlocked.
  • Allegorical imagery is appropriated imagery; the allegorist does not invent images but confiscates them.


Late Middle English: from Old French allegorie, via Latin from Greek allēgoria, from allos 'other' + -agoria 'speaking'.

  • An allegory is basically speaking about one thing in terms of another, and comes from Greek allos ‘other’ and -agoria ‘speaking’.

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