allegorism

noun
al·​le·​go·​rism | \ -ˌgȯˌri- -gəˌri- \
plural -s

Definition of allegorism

: the process or result of allegorizing : the allegorical method of literary interpretation

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First Known Use of allegorism

1729, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allegorism

from allegorize, after such pairs as English baptize:baptism

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“Allegorism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allegorism. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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