Allegorical (adjective)

  1. Having hidden or symbolic meaning, especially moral or political significance.
  2. Relating to, using, or having the characteristics of allegory.


Late middle english (in the sense "relating to the interpretation of allegories"): via old french from latin allegoricus, from greek allēgorikos, from allēgorein "speak figuratively".


  1. The novel is an allegorical story about the dangers of totalitarianism.
  2. The painting is widely considered to be allegorical, with the various elements representing different aspects of the human condition.
  3. The poem is an allegory of the soul's journey to God.
  4. The allegorical meaning of the story is that greed leads to downfall.
  5. The film is an allegory for the political climate of the time.
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