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

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 Russian Doll, in other words, felt like a very funny, allegorical horror story in which the big jump scare was being a geriatric millennial with no plans, no prospects, and a less-than-spotless lifestyle. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 Nicolas Roeg film has too many allegorical things on its mind and not enough clarity on how to relay its various points about the desperate need for empathy, especially for the strangers in our midst. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Apr. 2022 The Skin of Our Teeth (April 25) At Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lileana Blain-Cruz directs Thornton Wilder’s sprawling allegorical comedy from 1942. Vogue, 21 Apr. 2022 This figure, known for years by the title Négresse, was designed to be an allegorical representation of the continent of Africa. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 The movie is a classic coming of-age story, with an allegorical twist. Vanessa Hua, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 On Disney Plus, Turning Red is another touching fantasy with allegorical layers from a studio on a roll. Kyle Smith, National Review, 7 Mar. 2022 The characters are not so much people as allegorical figures, representatives of justice, gone well or gone wrong. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 Odetta’s dignity is precisely what might alienate a younger listener wanting a more unfettered kind of anger; there’s something missing from her regal delivery and allegorical songs. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Allegorical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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