or al·le·gor·ic

[al-i-gawr-i-kuh l, or al-i-gawr-ik; -gor-]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for allegorical

Contemporary Examples of allegorical

Historical Examples of allegorical

  • “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

British Dictionary definitions for allegorical




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

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

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