2. Anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an emblem.
3. (Paint. & Sculpt.) A figure representation which has a meaning beyond notion directly conveyed by
the object painted or sculptured.
Syn. Metaphor; fable. Allegory, Parable. "An allegory differs both from fable and parable, in
that the properties of persons are fictitiously represented as attached to things, to which they are as it
were transferred. . . . A figure of Peace and Victory crowning some historical personage is an allegory.
"I am the Vine, ye are the branches" [John xv. 1-6] is a spoken allegory. In the parable there is no
transference of properties. The parable of the sower [Matt. xiii. 3-23] represents all things as according
to their proper nature. In the allegory quoted above the properties of the vine and the relation of the
branches are transferred to the person of Christ and His apostles and disciples." C. J. Smith.
An allegory is a prolonged metaphor. Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" and Spenser's "Faërie Queene" are
celebrated examples of the allegory.
(||Al`le`gresse") n. [F. allégresse, fr. L. alacer sprightly.] Joy; gladsomeness.
(||Al`le*gret"to) a. [It., dim. of allegro.] (Mus.) Quicker than andante, but not so quick as
allegro. n. A movement in this time.
(||Al*le"gro) a. [It., merry, gay, fr. L. alacer lively. Cf. Aleger.] (Mus.) Brisk, lively. n. An
allegro movement; a quick, sprightly strain or piece.
(Al`le*lu"ia, Al`le*lu"iah) n. [L. alleluia, Gr. fr. Heb. hallelu-yah. See Hallelujah.] An exclamation
signifying Praise ye Jehovah. Hence: A song of praise to God. See Hallelujah, the commoner form.
I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia.
Rev. xix. 1.
(||Al"le*mande") n. [F., fr. allemand German.]
1. (Mus.) A dance in moderate twofold time, invented by the French in the reign of Louis XIV.; - - now
mostly found in suites of pieces, like those of Bach and Handel.
2. A figure in dancing.
(Al`le*man"nic) a. See Alemannic.
(Al*len"ar*ly) adv. [All + anerly singly, fr. ane one.] Solely; only. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
(Al"ler) a. [For ealra, the AS. gen. pl. of eal all.] Same as Alder, of all. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(||Al*le"ri*on) n. [F. alérion, LL. alario a sort of eagle; of uncertain origin.] (Her.) Am eagle
without beak or feet, with expanded wings. Burke.
(Al*le"vi*ate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Alleviated; p. pr. & vb. n. Alleviating.] [LL. alleviare, fr. L.
ad + levis light. See Alegge, Levity.]
1. To lighten or lessen the force or weight of. [Obs.]
Should no others join capable to alleviate the expense.
Those large bladders . . . conduce much to the alleviating of the body [of flying birds].