from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Allegory or allegorical writing.
  • noun Allegorical interpretation, especially of the Scriptures. See the extract.


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  • The method of exegesis known as allegorism, whereby the speculations of the Christian theologians were provided with an apparently scriptural basis, was taken over from the Jewish and

    A Source Book for Ancient Church History

  • Stoicism indeed seems to fall back into the materialism that I prevailed before Plato and Aristotle; but the ethical dualism which dominated the mood of the Stoic philosophers, did not in the long run tolerate the materialistic physics; it sought and found help in the metaphysical dualism of the Platonists, and at the same time reconciled itself to the popular religion by means of allegorism, that is, it formed a new theology.

    History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)

  • To keep the balance between platitudinous redundancy and utter incomprehensibility was the crucial problem of late baroque allegorism.


  • Against those attacks, the defenders of the old faith and the old civilization ap - peal to the venerable argument of allegorism, which had been used in the sixth century B.C., and was later systematized and popularized by the Stoics.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • As in classical antiquity, poetry was defended with allegorism.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Pagan or Chris - tian allegorism of myth is dismissed or degraded as wrongly dignifying myth or else ignoring history in favor of mystery.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The Roman poets were read at school, and allegorism Christianized them — not only Vergil but also Ovid.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • In this he goes so far as to deny any historical connexion between the two, maintaining with all the devices of an extravagant allegorism, including the Rabbinic _Gematria_ based on the numerical values of letters (ix. 7 f.), that the Law and Prophecy, as meant by God, had never been given to Israel as a people.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 "Banks" to "Bassoon"

  • In this passage of Palestinian allegorism, it may be noticed that the

    Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria

  • Their imitation of Philo's allegorism serves to mark the important place that he occupied in the learned world during the seventeenth century; and supports, however slightly, the suggestion that he influenced, directly or indirectly, the supreme Jewish philosopher of the age, Baruch de Spinoza.

    Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria


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