noun, plural al·le·go·ries.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a once-in-a-generation show, transforming supernatural teen pulp into an allegory for growing up and becoming a stronger, more complex and, in some ways, more wounded person than you ever thought you’d be.The New Class of Comfort TV: 16 Shows to Watch When You Run Out of Friends and The Office|Eliana Dockterman|February 10, 2021|Time
That said, I don’t want to twist it into an allegory about leadership and collective sacrifice in times of crisis.
Defining dataTo understand what data is, and how to govern it, metaphors and allegories can be helpful.
It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs.
Besides setting up unrealistic ideals of love, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks-starrer You’ve Got Mail became a timeless allegory for the charming independent bookstore.How a tiny Delhi bookstore helped Indians around the country keep reading during coronavirus|Manavi Kapur|August 7, 2020|Quartz
He insisted that he had not intended the novel to be political allegory, while knowing full well that it would be taken as such.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’|Nathaniel Rich|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
By using allegory, Percy both engages and sidesteps difficult questions.The Werewolf Novel as Post-9/11 Political Allegory?|Roxane Gay|May 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Many rabbis have regarded the formation of Adam and Eve and their adventure as an allegory.
So that, besides the allegory, we have four dimensions of matter instead of three.
But the spirit of allegory, which has never been lost, may be traced throughout these barbarous discourses.
Its allegory, its learned literary allusions, its delving into obscure historic events, preclude any hope of popular success.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
Allegory is a narrative in which material things and circumstances are used to illustrate and enforce high spiritual truths.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
British Dictionary definitions for allegory
noun plural -ries
Derived forms of allegoryallegorist, noun
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Cultural 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.