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 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 This isn’t, like, a superhero project blank enough to welcome allegorical interpretation from viewers who enjoy excavating subtext. Darren Franich,, "Watchmen is a high-energy American saga of racial terrorism and masked identity. It ain't boring.," 15 Oct. 2019 The more allegorical and spiritual his work became, the more it confused and even disgusted the general public. K.s.c., The Economist, "A blockbuster show at Tate Britain gives William Blake his due," 17 Sep. 2019 The beauty of the building is found in its allegorical fortitude, its symbolic stature. Wired, "Depth of Field: The Shared Memory of One World Trade Center," 12 Sep. 2019 Similarly, a fantastical and allegorical epergne, or ornamental server, made for the centennial exhibition, features a female figure embodying America — hair flowing, garland in hand — standing upon a globe, as exhortative as the national anthem. Cate Mcquaid,, "With this glittering display of silver, a Providence rags-to-riches tale," 3 July 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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“Allegorical.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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