allegorical

adjective
al·​le·​gor·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-lə-ˈgȯr-i-kəl How to pronounce allegorical (audio) , -ˈgär- \

Definition of allegorical

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of allegory allegorical paintings allegorical meanings of images allegorical symbols of our culture
2 : having hidden spiritual meaning that transcends the literal sense of a sacred text

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Other Words from allegorical

allegorically \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈgȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce allegorically (audio) , -​ˈgär-​ \ adverb
allegoricalness \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈgȯr-​i-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce allegoricalness (audio) , -​ˈgär-​ \ noun

Examples of allegorical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The aim is clearly dramatical-fanatical, allegorical, metaphorical, statistical, and mystical. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Cats is exactly as crazy as you thought it would be: Review," 19 Dec. 2019 His style was dense—meant to be pored over rather than absorbed at a glance⁠—with lots of minute explanatory labels and an allegorical mode rich in literary and biblical references. The Economist, "Political cartoons Why the Democratic Party is symbolised by a donkey," 14 Jan. 2020 For good measure, there were also an allegorical fox and guinea pig and a hot priest. Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE.com, "The Best TV Shows of the Decade, from Game of Thrones to Stranger Things," 23 Dec. 2019 The room houses a mix of allegorical works and some that feel more visceral, like sculptures. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How the New MoMA Uses Paint Colors to Change the Way We See Art," 6 Dec. 2019 With a steady, returning beat, closer to allegorical verse than to realist fiction, the novel reminds us of its guiding theme: the homelessness of its hero, condemned to spend his life in the lonely quest for a metaphysical safe harbor. James Wood, The New Yorker, "A Neglected Modern Masterpiece and Its Perverse Hero," 14 Oct. 2019 Animal Farm Though it was made all the way back in 1954, the animated take on George Orwell's allegorical classic feels eerily prescient now. Mehera Bonner And Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "25 Animated Movies Every Adult Should Watch," 5 Sep. 2019 Is an allegorical horror flick that builds up to a wild final scene. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "13 Scariest Horror Movie Scenes," 31 Oct. 2019 The people are evocative but allegorical—faceless gardeners and shopkeepers and tea-drinkers, all bathed in the romantic nostalgia of a quasi-pastoral English village. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Video Games Are Better Without Game-Play," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of allegorical

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allegorical

see allegory

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The first known use of allegorical was in 1528

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16 Feb 2020

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“Allegorical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allegorical. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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