Word Definition Series ~~ 2 . “Allegory”

op74al·le·go·ry noun :  a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation .

Full Definition of ALLEGORY

:  the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence;also :  an instance (as in a story or painting) of such expression
:  a symbolic representation
ex. bible

Origin of ALLEGORY

Middle English allegorie, from Latin allegoria, from Greekallēgoria, from allēgorein to speak figuratively, from allosother + -ēgorein to speak publicly, from agora assembly — more at elseagora
First Known Use: 14th century
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