from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, characteristic of, or containing allegory: an allegorical painting of Victory leading an army.

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  • adj. of, relating to, or containing allegory

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of or pertaining to allegory; of the nature of allegory; figurative; describing by resemblances.

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  • adj. used in or characteristic of or containing allegory


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  • It dawns on the man, in allegorical death, that it is neither possible nor necessary to cast off the trappings of culture that comprise his conditioned life, nor need he cross any putative hallowed threshold to gain the freedom embodied by the Law (a law being the one thing that is not subject to itself), because he realizes that freedom is always already the case on either side of the gate.

    Kafka and the Coincidence of Opposites

  • We have too, the story of his exploits told in allegorical form.

    St. George and Canada

  • Peter Wilby reckoned the article had been 'allegorical' - another word for lies.

    Paying for the BNP.

  • Still, on watching the movie a good couple of decades since I last read the book, as much as I found it enjoyable enough, I couldn’t help but start to think through just what Lewis is saying here, in allegorical terms, just how it all turns on the idea that, by the rules of Deep Magic, Edmund must die.

    Thoughts on Narnia

  • Which is to say, in allegorical terms, the devil can go merrily on his way in the world, coercing its inhabitants into sin regardless of any risk of damnation, because God’s Law is not being enacted upon sinners.

    Thoughts on Narnia

  • Christian Scientists have given Bible terms allegorical, metaphysical definitions that are completely different from normal usage.

    The Problem With Faith « Lean Left

  • Which if you ask me makes just about as much sense as most Mormon doctrines, but okay, fine, I got around that by thinking of it as somewhat allegorical, which is probably heretical.

    "If people shine light on our religion, they will find some strange things, they will find some unsavory things..."

  • And then, like him, you must, by a sedulous lecture, and frequent meditation, break the bone, and suck out the marrow, — that is, my allegorical sense, or the things I to myself propose to be signified by these

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Like him, you must, by a sedulous lecture [reading], and frequent meditation, break the bone, and suck out the marrow; that is, my allegorical sense, or the things I to myself propose to be signified by these Pythagorical symbols; ... the most glorious doctrines and dreadful mysteries, as well in what concerneth our religion, as matters of the public state and life economical.

    Classic French Course in English

  • He finds the giraffe or camelopard the most interesting animal at the Jardin des Plantes, and he dislikes a ceiling painted by Gros: “It is allegorical, which is a class of painting I detest.”

    Letters and Journals 01


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