allegory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n allegory an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor
    • n allegory a short moral story (often with animal characters)
    • n allegory a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Allegory A figurative sentence or discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The real subject is thus kept out of view, and we are left to collect the intentions of the writer or speaker by the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject.
    • Allegory (Paint. & Sculpt) A figure representation which has a meaning beyond notion directly conveyed by the object painted or sculptured.
    • Allegory Anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an emblem.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n allegory A figurative treatment of a subject not expressly mentioned, under the guise of another having analogous properties or circumstances; usually, a sentence, discourse, or narrative ostensibly relating to material things or circumstances, but intended as an exposition of others of a more spiritual or recondite nature having some perceptible analogy or figurative resemblance to the former.
    • n allegory A method of speaking or writing characterized by this kind of figurative treatment.
    • n allegory In painting and sculpture, a figurative representation in which the meaning is conveyed symbolically. Synonyms Simile, Metaphor, Comparison, etc. See simile.
    • allegory To employ allegory; allegorize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Allegory al′le-gor-i a description of one thing under the image of another
    • v.i Allegory to use allegory
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. allegoria, Gr. , description of one thing under the image of another; other + to speak in the assembly, harangue, place of assembly, fr. to assemble: cf. F. allégorie,

Usage

In literature:

It seemed like an allegory.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Pardon, si je vous engage, de ne pas expliquer plus clairement votre allegorie.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
They first infected tradition; and mixed it with allegory and fable.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
Though children can but dimly comprehend this charming allegory, they will recognize its truth.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
The poem is not an allegory, but there is no mistaking the thought that generated it.
"Romance Two Lectures" by Walter Raleigh
But the Jewish mind is very visionary and prone to allegory.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
They are an allegory.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
So the allegories in Albert Duerer's "Melancholia" are obstructive to it as a work of Art, and just in proportion to their value as thoughts.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864" by Various
Homer, who has constructed the noblest poem that was ever framed, from the strangest materials, abounds with allegory and mysterious description.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
But we are dealing with neither parables nor allegories.
"The Arena" by Various
It is as if the builders had had in mind an allegory about a plain body and a glorious soul.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Among those who sometimes came to listen to little Lib's allegories was Mary Ann Sherman, a tall, dark, gloomy woman of whom I had heard much.
"Story-Tell Lib" by Annie Trumbull Slosson
Was the tarantella an allegory of life here?
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
But there is no need to darken counsel by questions about history or allegory, if we wish, first and last, to enjoy poetry, for its own sake.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
Apotheosis becomes preposterous; allegory goes fairly mad.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
Was it her own mood she told me in the allegory?
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
Indeed, De Foe tells us very emphatically that in Robinson Crusoe he saw a kind of allegory of his own fate.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
The group forms a most interesting allegory.
"The Hero of the Humber" by Henry Woodcock
The Allegories are in the Rasselas style, all Oriental.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II" by Edward FitzGerald
Allegory of Tree of Life.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
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In poetry:

For metaphors of man we search the skies,
And find our allegory in all the air.
We gaze on Nature with Narcissus-eyes,
Enamour'd of our shadow everywhere.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
Turing once more, he found Man's counterpart
In tender parody breathing at his side.
He knew her at first sight, he knew by heart
Her allegory of sense unsatisfied.
"Imperial Adam" by A D Hope

In news:

Allegory Pens When we write, we rarely think about the utensil we're using.
French writer Louis Pergaud's 1912 novel "The War of the Buttons " — an allegory of combat featuring rival "armies" of button -pilfering children — has been adapted for the screen twice before.
French writer Louis Pergaud's 1912 novel "The War of the Buttons " -- an allegory of combat featuring rival "armies" of button -pilfering children -- has been adapted for the screen twice before.
We do irony, maybe even allegory.
Brutality, mortality, and sexuality are the focus of horror in Volker Schlöndorff's 1979 adaptation of Günter Grass's slippery allegory, about a malignant Peter Pan who refuses to grow up and join the adult world of 20th-century Europe.
AstroTurf monkeys and evolutionary allegories.
A Medieval Fable as Political Allegory.
Poetic 1978 Animated Allegory About Mankind 's Greed.
The opera is based on the religious allegory by John Bunyan.
How does it differ from legend, fairy tale and allegory.
Did President Reagan make a sex joke about voting that puts actress Lena Dunham's virginity allegory to shame MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell seems to think so.
"An author cannot of course remain wholly unaffected by his experience," Tolkien acknowledged, but he strongly denied that his story was an allegory for World War I or II.
Safe House , an espionage chase film set in South Africa, is rotten enough to be a sequel to District 9, where South African racial issues were treated to a dumb SciFi alien allegory.
Perhaps a partial play on Plato's famed mental exercise, dubbed the "Allegory of the Cave," a new exhibit at the Delavan Art Gallery, 501 W Fayette St, titled the Shadows Exhibit, will open on Thursday, Dec 4, and run through Jan 31.
Ever since Plato wrote The Republic in ancient Greece, literature has carried the allegory tale from one era to the next.
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In science:

We can check the associativity for composition of reforms, and all reforms between arbitrary small sets compound a new category which will be called the allegory of sets.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
All reforms of regular category C ⊂ R(C ) compound an allegory.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
Its fractional extention is representation of unitary allegories R(F ) : R(Set) =⇒ R(Set).
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
Tolkien makes it clear that the book was not intended as an allegory of World War II.
Review of "Garden of integrals"
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