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allegory

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈæl.ə.ɡə.ri/ us    /-ɡɔːr.i/
a story, play, poem, picture, or other work in which the characters and events represent particular qualities or ideas, related to morals, religion, or politics: The play can be read as allegory. Augustine's "City of God" is an allegory of the triumph of Good over Evil.Types of film, play, book etc.
allegorical
adjective uk   /ˌæl.əˈɡɒr.ɪ.kəl/ us    /-ˈɡɔːr-/
Types of film, play, book etc.
allegorically
adverb uk   /ˌæl.ɪˈɡɒr.ɪ.kəl.i/ us    /-ˈɡɔːr-/
Figurative use of language
(Definition of allegory from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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