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|1.||a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.|
|2.||a symbolical narrative: the allegory of Piers Plowman.|
|3.||emblem (def. 3).|
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|al·le·go·ry (l-gôr, -gr) Pronunciation Key |
n. pl. al·le·go·ries
[Middle English allegorie, from Latin allgoria, from Greek, from allgorein, to interpret allegorically : allos, other; see al-1 in Indo-European Roots + agoreuein, to speak publicly (from agora, marketplace. See ger- in Indo-European Roots).]
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n 1: a short moral story (often with animal characters) [syn: fable, parable, apologue] 2: a visible symbol representing an abstract idea [syn: emblem] 3: an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor
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used only in Gal. 4:24, where the apostle refers to the history of Isaac the
free-born, and Ishmael the slave-born, and makes use of it allegorically. Every
parable is an allegory. Nathan (2 Sam. 12:1-4) addresses David in an allegorical
narrative. In the eightieth Psalm there is a beautiful allegory: "Thou
broughtest a vine out of Egypt," etc. In Eccl. 12:2-6, there is a striking
allegorical description of old age.