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ˈsɪm bə lɪstsym·bol·ist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. symbolistnoun

    a member of an artistic movement that expressed ideas indirectly via symbols

  2. symbolist, symbolizer, symbolisernoun

    someone skilled in the interpretation or representation of symbols


  1. symbolistadjective

    Of or pertaining to the Symbolist movement in late 19th-century and early 20th-century European arts and literature

  2. Etymology: From symboliste, coined by poet Paul Verlaine in 1885.


  1. symbolist

    Symbolism was a late 19th-century art movement of French and Belgian origin in poetry and other arts seeking to represent absolute truths symbolically through language and metaphorical images, mainly as a reaction against naturalism and realism. In literature, the style originates with the 1857 publication of Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal. The works of Edgar Allan Poe, which Baudelaire admired greatly and translated into French, were a significant influence and the source of many stock tropes and images. The aesthetic was developed by Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine during the 1860s and 1870s. In the 1880s, the aesthetic was articulated by a series of manifestos and attracted a generation of writers. The term "symbolist" was first applied by the critic Jean Moréas, who invented the term to distinguish the Symbolists from the related Decadents of literature and of art.


  1. symbolist

    A symbolist is an artist or writer who utilizes symbolic imagery, metaphors, or abstract ideas to express their thoughts, feelings, or concept of reality. Symbolists are typically associated with the Symbolist movement, an art and literature movement in the late 19th century that emphasizes the imagination and emotions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Symbolistnoun

    one who employs symbols

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Symbolist in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Symbolist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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