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ALLEGORICAL SENSE

Form of biblical interpretation. An actual accomplished fact is understood to be a figure of something else. The literal meaning is expressed in a sustained metaphor. Commonly applied to giving a mystical explanation to any part of the Bible.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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