al·​le·​go·​re·​sis | \ ˌa-lə-gə-ˈrē-səs How to pronounce allegoresis (audio) \

Definition of allegoresis

: 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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First Known Use of allegoresis

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allegoresis

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

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“Allegoresis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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