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 \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce allegorically (audio) \ adverb
allegoricalness \ -​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce allegoricalness (audio) \ noun

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And then the tabloids swoop in, the paparazzi and other furies take up the pursuit, and the artist — once connected to a genuine audience by bonds of admiration and love — becomes merely another allegorical figure for modern-day hubris. Philip Kennicott, Twin Cities, "Even opera lovers should grit their teeth and watch this mediocre Pavarotti film," 14 June 2019 And then the tabloids swoop in, the paparazzi and other furies take up the pursuit, and the artist — once connected to a genuine audience by bonds of admiration and love — becomes merely another allegorical figure for modern-day hubris. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Even opera lovers should grit their teeth and watch this mediocre Pavarotti film," 6 June 2019 This came after the translation of his 1988 bestseller The Alchemist, an allegorical novel about a shepherd boy who journeys to the pyramids in Egypt in search of a fortune. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Paulo Coelho wants to give his books free to schools and libraries in Africa," 31 May 2019 And Jean-Michel Basquiat adorned his grinning death’s-heads with crowns, amid other allegorical symbols. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 In the energetic swirl of allegorical motifs and internal references, in smearing the line between figuration and abstraction, Kokoschka emerges as a forerunner of artists like R.B. Kitaj and Georg Baselitz. A.j. Goldmann, WSJ, "‘Oskar Kokoschka—Expressionist, Migrant, European. A Retrospective’ Review: Longevity as Blessing and Curse," 2 Jan. 2019 Known for stories with nuanced characters, addressing real-world concerns with supernatural powers and plots with an allegorical slant, Lee became the standard bearer for generations of creators who would follow him. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Remembering Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics Legend, Dies at 95," 12 Nov. 2018 Animal Farm Though it was made all the way back in 1954, the animated take on George Orwell's allegorical classic feels creepily prescient even now. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "16 Animated Movies Every Adult Should Watch," 15 Aug. 2017 The Oscar winner will play a magistrate who reconsiders his role in a regime in the adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's allegorical novel. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mark Rylance Confirmed for 'Waiting for the Barbarians' (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018

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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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