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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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Examples from the Web for allegorically

Historical Examples

  • These Sufis adhered to the Koran and the traditions, but interpreted them allegorically.

    Mystics and Saints of Islam

    Claud Field

  • The present passage might also be allegorically interpreted.

  • So the city was begun, and the elect, allegorically, let into it.

  • You could interpret your creed literally, or symbolically, or allegorically, or pragmatically.

  • They understand that by "belly" is to be allegorically understood pride.

British Dictionary definitions for allegorically



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



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

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