allegory


allegory
\ \ [14] Etymologically, allegory means ‘speaking otherwise’. It comes from a Greek compound based on allosother’ (which is related to Latin alius, as in English alibi and alias, and to English else) and agoreúeinspeak publicly’ (derived from agorá(place of) assembly’, which is the source of English agoraphobia and is related to gregarious). Greek allēgoreinspeak figuratively’ produced the noun allēgorīā, which passed into English via Latin and French.
\ \ Cf.AGGREGATE, AGORAPHOBIA, ALIAS, ALIBI, ELSE, GREGARIOUS

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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(in which what is stated as a fact is figuratively applied), , , , ,


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