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Allegory vs. Analogy

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Main Difference

The main difference between Allegory and Analogy is that the Allegory is a figure of speech and Analogy is a inference or argument from one particular to another particular.

Wikipedia
  • Allegory (noun)

    The representation of abstract principles by characters or figures.

  • Allegory (noun)

    A picture, book, or other form of communication using such representation.

  • Allegory (noun)

    A symbolic representation which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, usually a moral or political one.

  • Allegory (noun)

    A category that retains some of the structure of the category of binary relations between sets, representing a high-level generalisation of that category.

  • Analogy (noun)

    A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects, especially when used as a basis for explanation or extrapolation.

Wiktionary
  • Allegory (noun)

    a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one

    "Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journey"

  • Allegory (noun)

    a symbol.

  • Analogy (noun)

    a comparison between one thing and another, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification

    "he interprets logical functions by analogy with machines"

    "an analogy between the workings of nature and those of human societies"

  • Analogy (noun)

    a correspondence or partial similarity

    "the syndrome is called deep dysgraphia because of its analogy to deep dyslexia"

  • Analogy (noun)

    a thing which is comparable to something else in significant respects

    "works of art were seen as an analogy for works of nature"

  • Analogy (noun)

    a process of arguing from similarity in known respects to similarity in other respects

    "argument from analogy"

  • Analogy (noun)

    a process by which new words and inflections are created on the basis of regularities in the form of existing ones.

  • Analogy (noun)

    the resemblance of function between organs that have a different evolutionary origin.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Allegory (noun)

    A figurative sentence or discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The real subject is thus kept out of view, and we are left to collect the intentions of the writer or speaker by the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject.

  • Allegory (noun)

    Anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an emblem.

  • Allegory (noun)

    A figure representation which has a meaning beyond notion directly conveyed by the object painted or sculptured.

  • Analogy (noun)

    A resemblance of relations; an agreement or likeness between things in some circumstances or effects, when the things are otherwise entirely different. Thus, learning enlightens the mind, because it is to the mind what light is to the eye, enabling it to discover things before hidden.

  • Analogy (noun)

    A relation or correspondence in function, between organs or parts which are decidedly different.

  • Analogy (noun)

    Proportion; equality of ratios.

  • Analogy (noun)

    Conformity of words to the genius, structure, or general rules of a language; similarity of origin, inflection, or principle of pronunciation, and the like, as opposed to anomaly.

Webster Dictionary
  • Allegory (noun)

    a short moral story (often with animal characters)

  • Allegory (noun)

    a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

  • Allegory (noun)

    an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor

  • Analogy (noun)

    an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others

  • Analogy (noun)

    drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect;

    "the operation of a computer presents and interesting analogy to the working of the brain"

    "the models show by analogy how matter is built up"

  • Analogy (noun)

    the religious belief that between creature and creator no similarity can be found so great but that the dissimilarity is always greater; language can point in the right direction but any analogy between God and humans will always be inadequate

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