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Noun: allegory  'a-lu,gor-ee [N. Amer], a-lu-gu-ree [Brit]
  1. A short moral story (often with animal characters)
    - fable, parable, apologue, exemplum
  2. A visible symbol representing an abstract idea
    - emblem
  3. An expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor

Derived forms: allegories

Type of: expressive style, story, style, symbol, symbolic representation, symbolisation [Brit], symbolization

Encyclopedia: Allegory