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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 al•le•go•ry /ˈæləˌgɔri/
USA pronunciation n., pl. -ries.
a story or poem in which moral lessons are conveyed through the actions of fictional characters that serve as symbols: the allegory of the Pied Piper. [ countable ] the use of allegory in literature. [ uncountable ]
al•le•gor•i•cal /ˌæləˈgɔrɪkəl, -ˈgɑr-/ USA pronunciation al•le•gor•ic, adj.
al•le•gor•ist, n. [ countable ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 al•le•go•ry
(al ′ə gôr′ē, -gōr′ē), USA pronunciation n., pl. -ries.
a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
a symbolical narrative: the allegory ofPiers Plowman. emblem (def. 3).
Greek allēgoría, derivative of allēgoreîn to speak so as to imply something other. See allo-, agora; Greek agoreúein to speak, proclaim, origin, originally meant to act (e.g., speak) in the assembly Latin allēgoria Middle English allegorie 1350–1400
2. fable, parable. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
allegory / ˈælɪɡərɪ/ n ( ) pl -ries a poem, play, picture, etc, in which the apparent meaning of the characters and events is used to symbolize a deeper moral or spiritual meaning use of such symbolism to illustrate truth or a moral anything used as a symbol or emblem Etymology: 14 th Century: from Old French allegorie, from Latin allēgoria, from Greek, from allēgorein to speak figuratively, from allos other + agoreuein to make a speech in public, from agora a public gathering ˈallegorist n
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