allegory [al-uh-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee]
noun, plural allegories.
1. a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
2. a symbolical narrative: the allegory of Piers Plowman.
3. emblem (def 3).
2. fable, parable.
Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English allegorie < Latin allēgoria < Greek allēgoría, derivative of allēgoreîn to speak so as to imply something other. See allo-, agora Greek agoreúein to speak, proclaim, orig. meant to act (e.g., speak) in the assembly
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