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allegory (n.)

"figurative treatment of an unmentioned subject under the guise of another similar to it in some way," late 14c., from Old French allegorie (12c.), from Latin allegoria, from Greek allegoria "figurative language, description of one thing under the image of another," literally "a speaking about something else," from allos "another, different" (from PIE root *al- (1) "beyond") + agoreuein "speak openly, speak in the assembly," from agora "assembly" (see agora). Related: Allegorist.

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Definitions of allegory from WordNet

allegory (n.)
a short moral story (often with animal characters);
Synonyms: fable / parable / apologue
allegory (n.)
a visible symbol representing an abstract idea;
Synonyms: emblem
allegory (n.)
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor;
From wordnet.princeton.edu