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From Middle English allegorie, from Old French allegorie, from Latin allegoria, from Ancient Greek ἀλληγορία(allēgoría), from ἄλλος(állos, other) + ἀγορεύω(agoreúō, I speak).



allegory (plural allegories)

  1. The representation of abstract principles by characters or figures.
  2. A picture, book, or other form of communication using such representation.
  3. A symbolic representation which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, usually a moral or political one.
  4. (mathematics, category theory) A category that retains some of the structure of the category of binary relations between sets, representing a high-level generalisation of that category.

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