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allegory

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noun
  • story, painting or description in which the characters and events are meant as symbols of purity, truth, patience, etc [Barron]
  • the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations abouthuman existence [Taisha]
  • story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fable [Nandigam]

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