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verb (used with object), al·le·go·rized, al·le·go·riz·ing.
  1. to make into an allegory; narrate allegorically.
  2. to understand in an allegorical sense; interpret allegorically.
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verb (used without object), al·le·go·rized, al·le·go·riz·ing.
  1. to use allegory.
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Also especially British, al·le·go·rise.

Origin of allegorize

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin allēgorīzāre; see allegory, -ize
Related formsal·le·go·ri·za·tion, nounal·le·go·riz·er, nouno·ver·al·le·go·rize, verb (used with object), o·ver·al·le·go·rized, o·ver·al·le·go·riz·ing.un·al·le·go·rized, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Charleston I might allegorize in the person of a young woman I met there.

    American Adventures

    Julian Street

  • To this vessel the Persian poets often refer, and allegorize it in different ways.

  • Next come the many attempts, old and new, to allegorize the Olympian scene, or to explain it away.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • To allegorize life with a masquerade, and represent mankind generally as masquers.

  • (c) That therefore we can allegorize Grendel and the dragon into culture-myths connected with the "god Beow."


    R. W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for allegorize



  1. to transform (a story, narrative, fable, etc) into or compose in the form of allegory
  2. (tr) to interpret allegorically
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Derived Formsallegorization or allegorisation, noun
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