allegory - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] literature 

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/ˈæləɡ(ə)ri/
singularallegory
pluralallegories
  1. a story, play, or poem in which the events and characters are used as symbols in order to express a moral, religious, or political idea
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the use of events and characters as symbols

derived words

allegorical

 

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/ˌæləˈɡɒrɪk(ə)l/
adjective

allegorically

 

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/ˌæləˈɡɒrɪkli/
adverb