Definition of allegorical in English:

allegorical

adjective

  • Constituting or containing allegory:

    ‘an allegorical painting’
    • ‘Their paintings have no hidden sides to them, no allegorical finesse.’
    • ‘A jaunty cow recounts an allegorical tale of bad blood in the herd.’
    • ‘The narrative voice, too, is made vivid: never before in English has the poem sounded less allegorical and more humane.’
    • ‘It is also fitting that she chose such an allegorical, almost mystical way to present such a brutal act.’
    • ‘They never acquire the independent meaning of a neat allegorical subtext.’
    • ‘In fantasy writing the allegorical quality is simply more obvious.’
    • ‘Jahangir commissioned some of the most powerful allegorical paintings to emerge from the Mughal School.’
    • ‘The film is rich in allegorical theme and symbolic imagery, transforming the most banal of materials into miraculous epiphanies.’
    • ‘Nowhere do we see a case for Rowling being as allegorical as C.S. Lewis or as skilled with metaphor as Roald Dahl.’
    • ‘Strikingly, most children read Narnia as a simple fantasy story and do not recognise the Christian allegorical nature of the plot.’
    • ‘Such a view of the world was inclined toward mystical and allegorical meaning of reality and truth.’
    • ‘Melville specifically denies at the beginning of his story that it is allegorical - which it patently is.’
    • ‘I'm always a little nervous about allegorical poems, especially when the subject of the allegory is a long time ago in a land far, far away.’
    • ‘Vietnamese songs are very metaphoric and very allegorical and very soft.’
    • ‘In a society dominated by allegorical and historical painting, his scenes of contemporary life were regarded as a novelty.’
    • ‘The elements are represented by four allegorical pictures and in the centre of the pavement the mask of Medusa is portrayed.’
    • ‘I just can't join the bandwagon of rabble rousers determined to endow basic biological functions with allegorical status.’
    • ‘He himself denied any allegorical significance in his work.’
    • ‘His most characteristic works were figures or groups of a historical, literary, allegorical, or symbolic nature.’
    • ‘His narratives, in which he translates current events, are too allegorical to be history, yet too mutable to be myth.’
    symbolic, metaphorical, figurative, representative, emblematic, imagistic, mystical, parabolic, symbolizing
    tropical
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Pronunciation

allegorical

/ˌalɪˈɡɒrɪk(ə)l/