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

Examples of allegorical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, sometime this year, the allegorical figure is expected to be reunited with Heintz in the Bronx, after more than 40 years of separation. New York Times, "In the Bronx, a Face Lost in Time," 22 Jan. 2021 An ancestor, Tsala, shares allegorical tribal stories. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "'Our ancestors watch over us': A Cherokee family endures in Brandon Hobson's 'The Removed'," 31 Jan. 2021 Barry's partner through this allegorical turf is Gurbaksh, aka Gary, a Sikh classmate who's recently moved to town. Mark Athitakis, Star Tribune, "Review: 'How I Learned to Hate in Ohio,' by David Stuart MacLean," 15 Jan. 2021 Eating those soups and burritos from a restaurant instead of the freezer is odd at first, like taking your first steps out of Plato’s allegorical cave and touching a real, live plant. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Two growing Bay Area restaurants, Malibu’s and Amy’s, serve craveable fast-food burgers — just without the meat," 14 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, having stayed largely loyal to Warner Bros. since Batman: Year One, Aronofsky directs the enigmatic, allegorical horror film mother!, set to be released in late 2020. Joe Reid, Vulture, "What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Darren Aronofsky Made Batman Instead of Christopher Nolan?," 12 Jan. 2021 Now Not Songbird, which contains no allegorical layer. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Can Disaster Movies Survive a Pandemic?," 25 Dec. 2020 That is allegorical: Saint Lawrence was born two centuries after the time of Jesus, and Saint Francis was born more than a thousand years later. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "His Father’s Business," 25 Dec. 2020 Quick look: Set in 2031, this allegorical adventure game doubles as a presentation of Balenciaga’s fall 2021 fashion collection. Los Angeles Times, "Video games are the new runway. Coveted fashion brands are loving it," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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“Allegorical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allegorical. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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