Allegoric



consisting of or pertaining to ; of the nature of or containing ; figurative:
an allegorical poem; an allegorical meaning.
Historical Examples

The metamorphoses of ancient mythology are founded on this principle, are allegoric.
The Life and Writings of Henry Fuseli, Vol. II (of 3) Henry Fuseli

I mention it here only to associate it in the reader’s mind with ‘allegoric’ book-plates.
Book-Plates William J. Hardy

In exalted poetry the allegoric, lyric, epic and dramatic seem to be blended.
How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions S. S. Curry

Perhaps the story returned with an allegoric melancholy to his mind.
Checkmate Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

She was too generously alive; but she could have stood for an allegoric statue of the Earth.
Falk Joseph Conrad

Such is the first and general sense of what is called the sublime, epic, allegoric, lyric substance.
The Life and Writings of Henry Fuseli, Vol. II (of 3) Henry Fuseli

An allegoric Dramatic Piece; naturally very admirable at Versailles.
History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.) Thomas Carlyle

Opposite the entrance of the navy-yard, stands a rostral column of white marble with allegoric figures.
Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach

And from their present residence and recent history, to run back, by a few sentences, into purely fabulous and allegoric periods.
An Address, Delivered Before the Was-ah Ho-de-no-son-ne or New Confederacy of the Iroquois Henry R. Schoolcraft

It comes, not in the crash of Sinai’s thunders with the rockings of a riven sphere, as in the allegoric stories of a puerile past.
Valere Aude Louis Dechmann

adjective
used in, containing, or characteristic of allegory
adj.

1520s, from French allégorique, from Latin allegoricus, from Greek allegorikos (see allegory). Earlier form was allegoric (late 14c.). Related: Allegorically.

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