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allegorical definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: used in or characteristic of or containing allegory; "allegorical stories"; "an allegorical painting of Victory leading an army" [syn: allegorical, allegoric]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1528 1. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of allegory 2. having hidden spiritual meaning that transcends the literal sense of a sacred text allegorically adverb allegoricalness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (also allegoric) consisting of or relating to allegory; by means of allegory. Derivatives: allegorically adv.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Allegoric Al`le*gor"ic, Allegorical Al`le*gor"ic*al, a. [F. all['e]gorique, L. allegorius, fr. Gr. ?. See Allegory.] Belonging to, or consisting of, allegory; of the nature of an allegory; describing by resemblances; figurative. ``An allegoric tale.'' --Falconer. ``An allegorical application.'' --Pope. Allegorical being . . . that kind of language which says one thing, but means another. --Max Miller. Al`le*gor"ic*al*ly, adv. -- Al`le*gor"ic*al*ness, n.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

An allegorical story, poem, or painting uses allegory. Every Russian knows the allegorical novel The Master And Margarita. ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Figurative, typical, metaphorical, not literal.

Moby Thesaurus

allegoric, anagogic, associational, connotational, connotative, definable, denotational, denotative, expressive, extended, extensional, fabulous, fictional, figurative, full of meaning, full of point, full of substance, indicative, intelligible, intensional, interpretable, legendary, meaning, meaningful, meaty, metaphorical, mythic, mythological, mythopoeic, mythopoetic, parabolic, pithy, pointed, pregnant, readable, referential, romantic, romanticized, sententious, significant, significative, substantial, suggestive, symbolic, transferred



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