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allegory

noun [C or U]     /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     /ˌæl.əˈɡɒr.ɪ.kəl/ US  /-ˈɡɔːr-/ adjective Types of film, play, book etc. allegorically     /ˌæl.ɪˈɡɒr.ɪ.kəl.i/ US  /-ˈɡɔːr-/ adverb Figurative use of language
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