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or al·le·gor·ic

[al-i-gawr-i-kuh l, or al-i-gawr-ik; -gor-]
  1. consisting of or pertaining to allegory; of the nature of or containing allgegory; figurative: an allegorical poem; an allegorical meaning.
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Origin of allegorical

1520–30; < Late Latin allēgoricus (< Greek allēgorikós; see allegory, -ic) + -al1
Related formsal·le·gor·i·cal·ly, adverbal·le·gor·i·cal·ness, nounnon·al·le·gor·ic, adjectivenon·al·le·gor·i·cal, adjectivenon·al·le·gor·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·al·le·gor·ic, adjectivesem·i·al·le·gor·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·al·le·gor·i·cal·ly, adverbun·al·le·gor·i·cal, adjectiveun·al·le·gor·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of allegoric

  • She was too generously alive; but she could have stood for an allegoric statue of the Earth.


    Joseph Conrad

  • I mention it here only to associate it in the reader's mind with 'Allegoric' book-plates.


    William J. Hardy

  • Perhaps the story returned with an allegoric melancholy to his mind.


    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Such is the first and general sense of what is called the sublime, epic, allegoric, lyric substance.

  • The metamorphoses of ancient mythology are founded on this principle, are allegoric.

British Dictionary definitions for allegoric



  1. used in, containing, or characteristic of allegory
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Derived Formsallegorically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for allegoric



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

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