allegorical

or al·le·gor·ic

[ al-i-gawr-i-kuh l, or al-i-gawr-ik; -gor- ]
/ ˌæl ɪˈgɔr ɪ kəl, or ˌæl ɪˈgɔr ɪk; -ˈgɒr- /

adjective

consisting of or pertaining to allegory; of the nature of or containing allgegory; figurative: an allegorical poem; an allegorical meaning.

Nearby words

  1. allegheny barberry,
  2. allegheny mountains,
  3. allegheny spurge,
  4. allegiance,
  5. allegiant,
  6. allegorically,
  7. allegorist,
  8. allegoristic,
  9. allegorize,
  10. allegory

Origin of allegorical

1520–30; < Late Latin allēgoricus (< Greek allēgorikós; see allegory, -ic) + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for allegorical

allegorical

allegoric

/ (ˌælɪˈɡɒrɪkəl) /

adjective

used in, containing, or characteristic of allegory
Derived Formsallegorically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for allegorical

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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