What does allegory mean?

Definitions for allegory
ˈæl əˌgɔr i, -ˌgoʊr ial·le·go·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fable, parable, allegory, apologue(noun)

    a short moral story (often with animal characters)

  2. emblem, allegory(noun)

    a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

  3. allegory(noun)

    an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor


  1. allegory(Noun)

    The representation of abstract principles by characters or figures.

  2. allegory(Noun)

    A picture, book, or other form of communication using such representation.

  3. allegory(Noun)

    A symbolic representation.

  4. Origin: From allegorie, from allegorie, from allegoria, from ἀλληγορία, from ἄλλος + ἀγορεύω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allegory(noun)

    a figurative sentence or discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The real subject is thus kept out of view, and we are left to collect the intentions of the writer or speaker by the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject

  2. Allegory(noun)

    anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an emblem

  3. Allegory(noun)

    a figure representation which has a meaning beyond notion directly conveyed by the object painted or sculptured


  1. Allegory

    Allegory is a literary device in which characters or events in a literary, visual, or musical art form represent or symbolize ideas and concepts. Allegory has been used widely throughout the histories of all forms of art; a major reason for this is its immense power to illustrate complex ideas and concepts in ways that are easily digestible and tangible to its viewers, readers, or listeners. An allegory conveys its hidden message through symbolic figures, actions, imagery, and/or events. Allegory is generally treated as a figure of rhetoric; a rhetorical allegory is a demonstrative form of representation conveying meaning other than the words that are spoken. As a literary device, an allegory in its most general sense is an extended metaphor. One of the best known examples is Plato's "Allegory of the Cave." In this allegory, there are a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to the allegory, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Allegory

    al′le-gor-i, n. a description of one thing under the image of another.—adjs. Allegor′ic, -al, in the form of an allegory: figurative.—adv. Allegor′ically.—v.t. Al′legorise, to put in form of an allegory.—v.i. to use allegory.—ns. Al′legorist, one who uses allegory; Allegorizā′tion. [Gr. allēgoria; allos, other, and agoreuein, to speak.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Allegory

    a figurative mode of representation, in which a subject of a higher spiritual order is described in terms of that of a lower which resembles it in properties and circumstances, the principal subject being so kept out of view that we are left to construe the drift of it from the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject.

How to pronounce allegory?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allegory in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allegory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of allegory in a Sentence

  1. J. R. R. Tolkien:

    I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.

Images & Illustrations of allegory

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