allegory
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈæl.ɘˌɡoʊɹ.i/, /ˈæl.ɘˌɡɔɹ.i/
Noun

allegory

  1. (rhetoric) The representation of abstract principles by characters or figures.
    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, […], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511 ↗, page 5 ↗:
      Allegory Metaphors continues still,
      Which with new graces every sentence fill.]
  2. A picture, book, or other form of communication using such representation.
  3. A symbolic representation which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, usually a moral or political one.
  4. (mathematics, category theory) A category that retains some of the structure of the category of binary relations between sets, representing a high-level generalisation of that category.
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