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

  • transitive v. To express as or in the form of an allegory: a story of barnyard animals that allegorizes the fate of Soviet socialism.
  • transitive v. To interpret allegorically: allegorize the quest for the Holy Grail as an inner spiritual search.
  • intransitive v. To use or make allegory: sculptors who rendered the moral world by allegorizing.

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  • v. Alternative spelling of allegorise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To form or turn into allegory.
  • transitive v. To treat as allegorical; to understand in an allegorical sense.
  • transitive v. To use allegory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn into allegory; narrate in allegory; treat allegorically: as, to allegorize the history of a people.
  • To understand in an allegorical sense; interpret allegorically: as, when a passage in an author may be understood either literally or figuratively, he who gives it a figurative sense allegorizes it.
  • To use allegory: as, a man may allegorize to please his fancy.
  • Also spelled allegorise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. interpret as an allegory
  • v. make into an allegory


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  • Did not Jesus allegorize that we are sent as sheep among wolves and so be as shrewd as snake and as innocent as dove - Matthew 10: 5-16.

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  • In the end, it's an argument that profoundly misunderstands the role and the workings of fiction, mistaking its ability to reflect and allegorize the world for an idea that a change in the representation might change the world reflected and allegorized.

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  • Nonetheless, Jewish philosophers regularly allegorize scripture and are also influenced by allegorical readings given in rabbinic and midrashic literature (Shatz, 2003).

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  • Or, to allegorize my own experience (which seems a pretty handy definition of reading), I was, unlike-like Adam and Eve, bound to fall into the question when the opportunity presented itself, in the form of the following passages from Erec and Enide (cited from Kibler translation, Penguin edition): What should I say of her beauty?

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  • However, just as the hero is a projection of Disraeli’s personal struggle with the contradiction between his religion and his heritage, similarly, the setting provides Disraeli with the means by which to allegorize the contemporary political conflict about the relationship between throne and altar.

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