al·​le·​go·​rize ˈa-lə-ˌgȯr-ˌīz How to pronounce allegorize (audio)
allegorized; allegorizing

intransitive verb

: to give allegorical explanations
: to compose or use allegory

transitive verb

: to treat or explain as an allegory
: to make into allegory
allegorization noun
allegorizer noun

Examples of allegorize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So what was Avedon allegorizing? Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2023 In more recent years, the historical and ongoing experience of many Indigenous communities’ battles to preserve their lands and defend their sovereignty has been allegorized into big-budget fantasy blockbusters. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2023 The documentary, a product of its empire, can allegorize suffering. The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 But by using predator-prey relationships to allegorize human power, the film almost inevitably incorporates the white supremacist's worldview, one in which some groups of people are inherently superior to others. Dan Hassler-Forest,, 10 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of allegorize was in the 15th century

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“Allegorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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