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allegorynoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈæl.ə.ɡə.ri/  us   /-ɡɔːr.i/
a ​story, ​play, ​poem, ​picture, or other ​work in which the ​characters and ​eventsrepresentparticularqualities 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-/
(Definition of allegory from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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allegorynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈæl·ɪˌɡɔr·i, -ˌɡoʊr·i/
literature a ​story, ​play, ​poem, ​picture, or other ​work in which the ​characters and ​eventsrepresentparticularmoral, ​religious, or ​politicalqualities or ​ideas
allegorical
adjective  us   /ˌæl·ɪˈɡɔr·ɪ·kəl, -ˈɡɑr-/
Apples ​representpeople in this allegorical ​contest between ​wilderness and ​civilization.
(Definition of allegory from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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