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Fourfold Meaning

Entertainment / Literature / Fourfold Meaning: Another term for fourfold interpretation, this word refers to the medieval idea that every passage in the Bible can be interpreted according to at least one of four possible levels of meaning. The text can be read as (1) a literally or historically true account of events (2) an allegorical text revealing spiritual or typological truths, (3) a tropological lesson that makes a moral point, and (4) an anagogical text predicting eschatological events in the last days or revealing truths about the afterlife. See discussion under fourfold interpretation.
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Meaning Adjective Synonyms: purport, implication, drift, spirit, connotation, significance, intention
Meaning Noun Synonyms: sense, import, content, signification, denotation, message, substance, gist
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Transfer Of Meaning

Entertainment / Literature / Transfer Of Meaning: A change in meaning--often poetic in origin--in which a word's referent alters by a figure of speech such as a synecdoche, a metaphor, or a metonym. For instance, consider the phrase, 'all hands on de MORE

Intra-Textual Meaning

Entertainment / Literature / Intra-Textual Meaning: Meaning that originates not within a work itself, but that originates in a related work in the same collection. For instance, in William Blake's Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, we find a poem MORE

Fourfold Meaning

Entertainment / Literature / Fourfold Meaning: Another term for fourfold interpretation, this word refers to the medieval idea that every passage in the Bible can be interpreted according to at least one of four possible levels of meaning. The tex MORE