Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to an allegorist or writer of allegories: as, the allegoristic style; allegoristic lessons.

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Examples

  • Hawthorne; it was so with our own George MacDonald, whose professedly real pictures of life are all informed of this phantasy, which spoils them for what they profess to be, and yet to the discerning cannot disguise what they really are -- the attempts of a mystic poet and phantasy writer and allegoristic moralist to walk in the ways of Anthony Trollope or of Mrs Oliphant, and, like a stranger in a new land always looking back (at least by a side-glance, an averted or half-averted face which keeps him from seeing steadily and seeing whole the real world with which now he is fain to deal), to the country from which he came.

    Robert Louis Stevenson: a record, an estimate, and a memorial

  • Christian communities above all the unhistorical local method in the exposition of the Old Testament, both allegoristic and Haggadic; for in the exposition of a sacred text -- and the Old Testament was regarded as such -- one is always required to look away from its historical limitations and to expound it according to the needs of the present. [

    History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)

  • "Philo urges most earnestly to the observance of the law in opposition to that party which drew the extreme inferences of the allegoristic method, and put aside the outer legality as something not essential for the spiritual life.

    History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)

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