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allegorical

[al-i-gawr-i-kuh l, -gor-] /ˌæl ɪˈgɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈgɒr-/
adjective
1.
consisting of or pertaining to allegory; of the nature of or containing allegory; figurative:
an allegorical poem; an allegorical meaning.
Also, allegoric.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin allēgoricus (< Greek allēgorikós; see allegory, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
allegorically, adverb
allegoricalness, noun
nonallegoric, adjective
nonallegorical, adjective
nonallegorically, adverb
semiallegoric, adjective
semiallegorical, adjective
semiallegorically, adverb
unallegorical, adjective
unallegorically, adverb
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Examples for allegorical
  • It's really an allegorical piece of what's going on in the world.
  • There is no indication of how much is allegorical and how much is literal.
  • The majority of these stories are allegorical to some degree.
  • He favoured fantasy subjects whose meanings were allegorical rather than literal.
  • Other stories are allegorical and softer around the edges.
  • The blindness likewise of Cupid has an allegorical meaning full of wisdom.
  • Slow pacing and an overly allegorical approach obscure the lesson.
  • Perhaps you should read my allegorical metaphor a bit more carefully and you will see the parallels that I'm drawing.
  • The mbira also accompanies a large repertoire of traditional and modern children's songs and allegorical fables.
  • And he has never ceased to practice a method of allegorical interpretation that makes the text conform to interpreters' ideas.
British Dictionary definitions for allegorical

allegorical

/ˌælɪˈɡɒrɪkəl/
adjective
1.
used in, containing, or characteristic of allegory
Derived Forms
allegorically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for allegorical
allegorical
1520s, from Fr. allégorique, from L. allegoricus, from Gk. allegorikos (see allegory). Earlier form was allegoric (late 14c.).
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