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allegory

noun

  1. (story)  a short moral story (often with animal characters)
    Synonyms: apologue, fable, parable. Type of: story
  2. (symbolic representation)  a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
    Synonyms: emblem. Type of: symbolic representation
  3. (expressive style)  an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor
    Type of: expressive style

Etymology summary

Old French allegorie (12th century), from Latin allegoria, from Greek allegoria...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Allegory

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... (43 of 1829 words, 9 images)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

allegory [art and literature]

a symbolic fictional narrative that conveys a meaning not explicitly set forth in the narrative. Allegory, which encompasses such forms as fable, ... (22 of 560 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/16078​/allegory

Collins Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural] | allegorist [noun, derived]

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 | the ... (26 of 451 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/allegory

Merriam-Webster:

allegory | allegories [plural] | emblem [sense-specific, synonym] | apologue [synonym, sense-specific] | fable [synonym, sense-specific] | parable [synonym, sense-specific] | beast fable [similar, sense-specific] | bestiary [similar, sense-specific] | morality play [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths ... | a symbolic representation; "emblem" [sense-specific] (18 of 328 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/allegory

Columbia Encyclopedia:

allegory

in literature, symbolic story that serves as a disguised representation for meanings other than those indicated on the surface. The characters in an ... (23 of 179 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0803383​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural] | allegorist [noun, related]

The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form. | A story, picture, or ... (22 of 94 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/allegory

Oxford Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural] | allegorist [derived]

a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one | a symbol. (22 of 76 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/allegory

New World Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

a story in which people, things, and happenings have a hidden or symbolic ... | the presenting of ideas by means of such stories | any symbol or ... (26 of 74 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/allegory

Macmillan British Dictionary:

allegory [countable/uncountable, literary] | allegories [plural] | allegorical [adjective, related] | allegorically [adverb, related]

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 ; ... (26 of 64 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/allegory

Cambridge Dictionary:

allegory | allegorical [adjective, derived] | allegorically [adverb, derived]

a story, play, poem, picture or other work in which the characters and events represent particular qualities or ideas, related to morals, religion or ... (24 of 59 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/allegory

Random House Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural] | emblem [synonym, definition 3, sense-specific]

a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or ... | a symbolical narrative. | emblem (definition 3) (18 of 45 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/allegory

Wiktionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

The representation of abstract principles by characters or figures. | A picture, book, or other form of communication using such representation. | A symbolic representation. (23 of 25 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/allegory

Encarta Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

a work in which the characters and events are to be understood as ... | the symbolic expression of a deeper meaning through a story or scene acted out ... (28 of 108 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584731​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

allegory

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French allegorie (12th century), from Latin allegoria, from Greek allegoria "figurative language, description of one thing ... (20 of 45 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=allegory

American Heritage Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

Origin: Middle English allegorie, from Latin allēgoria, from Greek, from allēgorein, to interpret allegorically: allos, ... (14 of 34 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/allegory

Collins Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French allegorie, from Latin allēgoria, from Greek, from allēgorein to speak figuratively, from allos other + ... (20 of 31 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/allegory

New World Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

Origin: Middle English allegorie from Latin allegoria from Greek allēgoria, description of one thing under the image of another from ... (19 of 31 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/allegory

Merriam-Webster:

allegory | allegories [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English allegorie, from Latin allegoria, from Greek allēgoria, from allēgorein to speak figuratively, from ... (17 of 27 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/allegory

Wiktionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

Origin: Middle English allegorie, from Old French allegorie, from Latin allegoria, from Ancient Greek ἀλληγορία (allēgoria), from ἄλλος (allos, "other") + ἀγορεύω... (21 of 23 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/allegory

Oxford Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French allegorie, via Latin from Greek allēgoria, from allos "other" + -agoria "speaking"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/allegory

Encarta Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin allegoria from Greek allegorein "say otherwise" from allos "other" + agoreuein "speak in public"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584731​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "allegory"

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Collins Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "allegory"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/allegory

Macmillan British Dictionary:

allegory [countable/uncountable, literary] | allegories [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "allegory"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/allegory

Macmillan American Dictionary:

allegory [countable/uncountable, literary] | allegories [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "allegory"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

allegory

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "allegory"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "allegory"

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the Free Dictionary:

allegory

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "allegory"

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Google Dictionary:

allegory | allegories [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "allegory"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

allegory

Audio: North American pronunciation of "allegory"

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YourDictionary Audio:

allegory

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "allegory" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Allegory

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