Govor u kome se pojmovi i misli iskazuju drukčije, a ne rečima koje ih direktno izražavaju, slikovit govor, slikovito objašnjenje pojma ili misli.
Slikovit način izražavanja u književnosti, tj. izražavanje koje ima drukčiji smisao od onog koje se neposredno daje; alegorija se obično upotrebljava u basnama (npr. govori se o lukavstvu lisice, a misli se na lukavog čoveka, ili prikazuje se naivnost jagnjeta, a misli se na naivna čoveka).
ETYM Latin allegoria, Greek, description of one thing under the image of another; allos another + legein to speak in the assembly, harangue: cf. French allégorie.
1. A figurative sentence or discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances.
2. Anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an emblem.
3. A figure representation which has a meaning beyond notion directly conveyed by the object painted or sculptured. SYN. Metaphor; fable.
Story or other representation in which the subject is expressed metaphorically or personified; parable.
In literature, the description or illustration of one thing in terms of another; a work of poetry or prose in the form of an extended metaphor or parable that makes use of symbolic fictional characters.
An example of the use of symbolic fictional character in allegory is the romantic epic The Faerie Queene 1590–96 by Edmund Spenser in homage to Queen Elizabeth I. Allegory is often used for moral purposes, as in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress 1678. Medieval allegory often used animals as characters; this tradition survives in such works as Animal Farm 1945 by George Orwell.
ETYM French parabole, Latin parabola, from Greek, a placing beside or together, a comparing, comparison, a parable, from Greek, to throw beside, compare; para beside + bolein to throw; cf. Skr. gal to drop. Related to Emblem, Gland, Palaver, Parabola, Parley, Parabole, Symbol.
(New Testament) Any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message.