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allegory

al·le·go·ry

allegory

 
 
pronunciation:
ae l go ri
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part of speech: noun
inflections: allegories
definition 1: a device in art or literature by which abstract moral or spiritual qualities are represented by concrete characters, things, and events.
In this allegory, the pearl stands for man's purest motives.
synonyms:
fable, parable
similar words:
analogy, emblem, illustration, personification
definition 2: a symbolic story or narrative.
The Pilgrim's Progress is a famous allegory written in the seventeenth century.
synonyms:
apologue, fable, legend, myth, parable
similar words:
fantasy, symbolism
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