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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 that relate 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.
allegorical
adjective uk   /ˌæl.əˈɡɒr.ɪ.kəl/  us   /-ˈɡɔːr-/
allegorically
adverb uk   /ˌæl.ɪˈɡɒr.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /-ˈɡɔːr-/
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