Definition of allegorize in English:


(British allegorise)


[with object]
  • Interpret or represent symbolically.

    ‘the picture is interpreted as allegorizing an alienated society’
    • ‘When facing the Apocalypse, Luther abandoned his normal historical-critical approach, and resorted to allegorizing the text in a blast against the papacy and the Muslims.’
    • ‘During the early modern period ancient myths, like that of king Midas, began to take on a specifically modern resonance as they were used to allegorise the European quest for gold in the Americas.’
    • ‘And what does it mean for a community, a people to be allegorized as ghosts?’
    • ‘The motif requires a beholder who, on encountering the artist face to face, might understand how Erminia's charity allegorizes his own rehabilitation through selfless love and compassion.’
    • ‘Williams often exalts the power of metaphor, and the cover of his new self-titled release - a photograph of him driving in a truck, ready to shout through a bullhorn - indeed allegorizes the music within.’
    • ‘As many commentators have noted, the relationship between Horatio and Glorvina, which develops into love and a true union of equal partners, allegorizes the relationship between Great Britain and Ireland.’
    • ‘In the figure of the sun, the text also allegorizes desire as the very medium that allows the Lover, the dreamer and the writer to ‘see.’’
    • ‘On the horror front, George Romero's genre-busting Night of the Living Dead allegorises militarised consumerism as zombie flick and is genuinely scary as well as hilarious.’
    • ‘Here he allegorizes good and evil, much more in the manner of Spenser or Goethe than that of his American literary contemporaries Melville or Poe.’
    • ‘His experimentation allegorizes not only the way in which science is not always in control of its metaphors, but also how men can lose control of the monsters they themselves create.’
    • ‘The whole sequence ends with two sonnets allegorizing the poet's love by means of fables about Cupid.’
    • ‘Because the film focuses more on the individual successes and struggles of the players than on the sport itself, it allegorizes the challenges of young women everywhere, in all aspects of society.’
    • ‘Expanding on Chretien's scene, the Romance of the Rose uses the sunlight to allegorize Eros both as ‘light’ and as a divine power, an exterior force.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, back in the late 1970s boom, when many of today's commentators, politicians, central bankers and trade unionists learned their economics, the economy could be allegorised as a fashionable restaurant.’
    • ‘The moment the critic thinks of a lyric, she is thinking not only about how it is immersed in conditions for thought but also how it allegorizes them.’
    • ‘Here, the problem of the extraterrestrial externalizes and allegorizes questions of distance and difference.’
    • ‘Ray goes on to argue, ‘Taxi Driver allegorized the American experience in Vietnam: detached isolationism followed by violent, and ultimately ineffective intervention.’’
    • ‘They apparently couldn't bear to have God's creative acts in time, so they allegorized the days to an instant.’
    • ‘Commissioned by Louis XIV in the 1660s, the gallery's iconographic programme by Le Brun allegorises the Sun King as Apollo in a scheme that was not completed until the nineteenth century, under the architect Felix Duban.’
    • ‘The way you accelerate and decelerate the speed of your film and audio, creating these sudden visual and aural disruptions, seems to allegorize emotional states.’