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Allegory vs. Parable

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Main Difference

The main difference between Allegory and Parable is that the Allegory is a figure of speech and Parable is a succinct, didactic story which illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles.

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  • 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.

  • Parable (noun)

    A short narrative illustrating a lesson (usually religious/moral) by comparison or analogy.

    "In the New Testament the parables told by Jesus convey His message, as in "The parable of the prodigal son"."

    "Catholic sermons normally draw on at least one Biblical lecture, often parables."

  • Parable (verb)

    To represent by parable.

  • Parable (adjective)

    That can easily be prepared or procured; obtainable.

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  • 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.

  • Parable (noun)

    a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels

    "the parable of the blind men and the elephant"

    "a modern-day parable"

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.

  • Parable (adjective)

    Procurable.

  • Parable (noun)

    A comparison; a similitude; specifically, a short fictitious narrative of something which might really occur in life or nature, by means of which a moral is drawn; as, the parables of Christ.

  • Parable

    To represent by parable.

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

  • Parable (noun)

    a short moral story (often with animal characters)

  • Parable (noun)

    (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message;

    "the parable of the prodigal son"

Princeton's WordNet

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