noun (plural allegories)
- 1A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one: Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journeyMore example sentences
parable, analogy, metaphor, symbol, emblem
- 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.
- 1.1A symbol.More 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.
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- 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'.