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English noun: allegory

1. allegory (communication) a short moral story (often with animal characters)

Synonymsapologue, fable, parable

Broader (hypernym)story

Narrower (hyponym)Aesop's fables

Instance hyponymPilgrim's Progress

2. allegory (communication) a visible symbol representing an abstract idea


Broader (hypernym)symbol, symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization

Narrower (hyponym)Agnus Dei, badge, cupid, donkey, dove, eagle, elephant, ensign, fasces, Hakenkreuz, hammer and sickle, Magen David, maple-leaf, medallion, Mogen David, national flag, Paschal Lamb, red flag, scarlet letter, Shield of David, Solomon's seal, spread eagle, Star of David, swastika

3. allegory (communication) an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor

Broader (hypernym)expressive style, style

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