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Allegory vs. Parable

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Allegorynoun

The representation of abstract principles by characters or figures.

Parablenoun

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.’;

Allegorynoun

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

Parableverb

(transitive) To represent by parable.

Allegorynoun

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

Parableadjective

(obsolete) That can easily be prepared or procured; obtainable.

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Allegorynoun

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

Parableadjective

Procurable.

Allegorynoun

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.

Parablenoun

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.

‘Declare unto us the parable of the tares.’;

Allegorynoun

Anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an emblem.

Parableverb

To represent by parable.

‘Which by the ancient sages was thus parabled.’;

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Allegorynoun

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

Parablenoun

a short moral story (often with animal characters)

Allegorynoun

a short moral story (often with animal characters)

Parablenoun

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

‘the parable of the prodigal son’;

Allegorynoun

a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

Parablenoun

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’;

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Allegorynoun

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

Parable

A parable is a succinct, didactic story, in prose or verse, that illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles. It differs from a fable in that fables employ animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature as characters, whereas parables have human characters.

Allegorynoun

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’;

Allegorynoun

a symbol.

Allegory

As a literary device, an allegory is a narrative in which a character, place, or event is used to deliver a broader message about real-world issues and occurrences. Authors have used allegory throughout history in all forms of art to illustrate or convey complex ideas and concepts in ways that are comprehensible or striking to its viewers, readers, or listeners.

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