[ US /ˈæɫəˌɡɔɹi/ ]
[ UK /ˈælɪɡəɹˌi/ ]
  1. a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
  2. an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor
  3. a short moral story (often with animal characters)
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How To Use allegory In A Sentence

  • It is only in retrospect that we can see that the story is a kind of miniature and somewhat oversharp version of the allegory that the Glass family stories would enact. Justice to J.D. Salinger
  • But couvade, as I attempt to untangle its relation to colonialism in this essay, is a strategy re-invented for the purposes of reconciliation in narratives of Manichean allegory.
  • Sheikh Muhammed is chiefly remembered today for his Yoga-sangrama, a long allegory in songs describing the spiritual struggle as a ‘battle of yoga’.
  • In 1775, there appeared a heroicomic poem, "Myszeis" (The Mousiad), a purposely entangled allegory on the state of Poland. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent
  • In An Allegory, for example, the composition invokes the sublime order of classical art.
  • An unexploded bomb is lodged ominously in the courtyard, a neat visual allegory for the sense of imminent threat in the film. Times, Sunday Times
  • The interactions between the characters in Springtime obviously form a political allegory, but rarely have I seen allegorical conceits that were as likeable as these characters are.
  • The play can be read as allegory.
  • subtle, multivalent allegory
  • Kleist's twenty-sentence novella would therefore be an allegory of events, a tale in which no occurrence — the slip of the beggarwoman, the death of the Marquis — can be understood by situating it within a deterministic logic that would purport to explain what it means by referring it to something else. Reading, Begging, Paul de Man
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