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n. pl. al·le·go·ries
a. The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.
b. A story, picture, or play employing such representation. John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick are allegories.
2. A symbolic representation: The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice.

[Middle English allegorie, from Latin allēgoria, from Greek, from allēgorein, to interpret allegorically : allos, other; see al- in Indo-European roots + agoreuein, to speak publicly (from agorā, marketplace; see ger- in Indo-European roots).]

al′le·go′rist n.
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(ˈæl ɪˌgɔr ɪst, -ˌgoʊr-, ˈæl ɪ gər ɪst)

a writer of allegories.
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He is neither a narrator, nor an allegorist. He is a great teacher, a corrector of morals, a censor of vice, and a commender of virtue.
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Far more liberated than the allegorist, he is a new literary critic immersed in a world of images--produced by "an apparatus that substitutes light for shade, shade for light"--that can therefore have no finality in themselves (qtd.
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Spenser's handling of allegory and vision appeals to Johnson both as a critic and as an allegorist, but obviously he finds little to praise in his pastorals, the genre that evokes the critic's scorn in many respects.
"There are many Origens: philosopher, scholar, mystic, exegete, allegorist, saint ...
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