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

In the preceding paragraph, agreeably to this truth, we had allegorically narrated the transfiguration of Fear into holy Awe.
The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Samuel Taylor Coleridge

So the city was begun, and the elect, allegorically, let into it.
Illuminated Manuscripts John W. Bradley

They understand that by “belly” is to be allegorically understood pride.
Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I Martin Luther

Equally useless is it to consider Moses in the beginning of his history as speaking mystically or allegorically.
Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I Martin Luther

You could interpret your creed literally, or symbolically, or allegorically, or pragmatically.
The Unpopular Review Vol. I Various

In speaking of the Garden, he says, Moses allegorically referred to the womb, if we are to believe the Word.
Simon Magus George Robert Stow Mead

The story has of course been allegorically explained, but it bears numerous marks of local and historic origin.
The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911) Charles Mills Gayley

Even if it be not taken literally, but allegorically, it is thoroughly antagonistic to the teachings of Evolution.
The Book Of God G. W. Foote

The following passages will show how prophecy, already fulfilled, has been fulfilled literally and not allegorically.
The Bible Book by Book Josiah Blake Tidwell

Calmon and the statues, allegorically useful, are in like manner independent of the main dramatic action.
The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first Count Carlo Gozzi

used in, containing, or characteristic of allegory

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


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