Allegory meaning

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The definition of an allegory is a story in which people, things or happenings have a symbolic meaning.

Aesop's Fables are an example of an allegory.

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Any symbol or emblem.
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The presenting of ideas by means of such stories.
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A symbolic representation.

The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice.

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A picture, book, or other form of communication using such representation.
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A symbolic representation which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, usually a moral or political one.
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A story in which people, things, and happenings have a hidden or symbolic meaning.
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Origin of allegory

  • Middle English allegorie from Latin allēgoria from Greek from allēgorein to interpret allegorically allos other al-1 in Indo-European roots agoreuein to speak publicly (from agorā marketplace ger- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English allegorie, from Old French allegorie, from Latin allegoria, from Ancient Greek ἀλληγορία (allēgoria), from ἄλλος (allos, “other”) + ἀγορεύω (agoreuō, “I speak”)

    From Wiktionary