noun, plural al·le·go·ries.
Origin of allegory
Examples from the Web for allegory
A “Crime of the Century” that takes on mythic dimensions as an allegory of a city in decline.
They are, after all, carefully selected “types,” and to isolate them runs the risk of seeing the book as an allegory.
Seizing on this scene, critics called the novel “an allegory of our violent times.”American Dreams: A Best-Selling Pint-Sized Psychopath|Nathaniel Rich|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Roosevelt, it seems, had little taste for allegory, and misunderstood which “wild things” London was actually describing.American Dreams: ‘The Call of the Wild’ by Jack London|Nathaniel Rich|January 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The painting is at the Metropolitan Museum, which considers it an allegory of the sense of sight.
The allegory of the raven, invented by the doctors, is well known.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II|Martin Luther
But with penetration he sees what few renaissance critics had noted before--that allegory is of two varieties.Rhetoric and Poetry in the Renaissance|Donald Lemen Clark
We must go behind the legend, viewing it only as an allegory, and study its symbolism.The Symbolism of Freemasonry|Albert G. Mackey
Some critics see in Beatrice only the ideal of womanhood; others make her an allegory of conflicting things.Dante: "The Central Man of All the World"|John T. Slattery
In short, so constant has been this custom that no preacher of the present day has ever failed to take an allegory for his text.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
British Dictionary definitions for allegory
noun plural -ries
Derived Formsallegorist, noun
Word Origin for allegory
Culture definitions for allegory
A story that has a deeper or more general meaning in addition to its surface meaning. Allegories are composed of several symbols (see also symbol) or metaphors. For example, in The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan, the character named Christian struggles to escape from a bog or swamp. The story of his difficulty is a symbol of the difficulty of leading a good life in the “bog” of this world. The “bog” is a metaphor or symbol of life's hardships and distractions. Similarly, when Christian loses a heavy pack that he has been carrying on his back, this symbolizes his freedom from the weight of sin that he has been carrying.