Verb allegorize Definition and Examples


Verb:

allegorize

Definition as verb:

Alternative spelling of allegorise

More definition:


1.to make into an allegory; narrate allegorically.

2.to understand in an allegorical sense; interpret allegorically.


3.to use allegory.

1. to transform (a story, narrative, fable, etc) into or compose in the form of allegory

2. (transitive) to interpret allegorically Derived Formsallegorization, allegorisation, nounCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source

Examples:

Of the many paradoxes in the Divine Legation, few are more extravagant than the theory that Virgil, in the sixth book of his Aeneid, intended to allegorize, in the visit of his hero and the Sibyl to the shades, the initiation of Aeneas, as a lawgiver, into the Eleusinian mysteries.

If even now philosophers and theologians cannot resist the temptation to allegorize, how inevitable was it that this course should be pursued by early Jewish theologians!

Tatian does not deny the stories of the Greek mythology - indeed he protests against any attempt to allegorize it - but he insists that these stories are the record of the deeds of demons and have no religious value.



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