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allegorical

or allegoric

[al-i-gawr-i-kuh l, or al-i-gawr-ik; -gor-] /ˌæl ɪˈgɔr ɪ kəl, or ˌæl ɪˈgɔr ɪk; -ˈgɒr-/
adjective
1.
consisting of or pertaining to allegory; of the nature of or containing allgegory; figurative:
an allegorical poem; an allegorical meaning.
Origin of allegorical
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 from the Web for allegorical
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  • “Red garments,” colors, here all have an allegorical meaning.

  • There remains to be said a word or two concerning its allegorical meaning.

  • Their truck has on it what they call "an allegorical figure."

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • That is what I want to say to you in allegorical language, Barbara.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • But such legends were considered by most commentators as allegorical fables.

    The Coming Race Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • They speak in allegorical form in glowing songs of wine and love.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
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
adj.

1520s, from French allégorique, from Latin allegoricus, from Greek allegorikos (see allegory). Earlier form was allegoric (late 14c.). Related: Allegorically.

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