noun al·le·go·re·sis \ˌa-lə-gə-ˈrē-səs\

Definition of allegoresis

  1. :  the interpretation of written, oral, or artistic expression as allegory The trend unfolded in the later Middle Ages in popular devotional texts … in which the Christ-Bridegroom identification, derived from traditional allegoresis, became rhetorically charged through the force of the Song’s love language. — Ann W. Astell, The Song of Songs in the Middle Ages, 1990

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Origin and Etymology of allegoresis

allegor(y) or allegor(ize) + -esis

First Known Use: 1870

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to cast off or become cast off

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