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ˈsɪm bəˌlɪz əmsym·bol·ism
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a system of symbols and symbolic representations
symbolism, symbolization, symbolisationnoun
the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
an artistic movement in the late 19th century that tried to express abstract or mystical ideas through the symbolic use of images
Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.
the act of symbolizing, or the state of being symbolized; as, symbolism in Christian art is the representation of truth, virtues, vices, etc., by emblematic colors, signs, and forms
a system of symbols or representations
the practice of using symbols, or the system of notation developed thereby
a combining together of parts or ingredients
the science of creeds; symbolics
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
has been divided into two kinds, symbolism of colour and symbolism of form. Of colours, black typifies grief and death; blue, hope, love of divine works, divine contemplation, piety, sincerity; pale blue, power, Christian prudence, love of good works, serene conscience; gold, glory and power; green, faith, immortality, resurrection, gladness; pale green, baptism; grey, tribulation; purple, justice, royalty; red, martyrdom for faith, charity, divine love; rose-colour, martyrdom; saffron, confessors; scarlet, fervour and glory; silver, chastity and purity; violet, penitence; white, purity, temperance, innocence, chastity, and faith in God. Instances of form: Anchor typifies hope; palm, victory; sword, death or martyrdom; the lamb, Christ; unicorn, purity. Of stones, moreover, the amethyst typifies humility; diamond, invulnerable faith; sardonyx, sincerity; sapphire, hope, &c.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A concept that stands for or suggests something else by reason of its relationship, association, convention, or resemblance. The symbolism may be mental or a visible sign or representation. (From Webster, 3d ed)
The numerical value of symbolism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of symbolism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of symbolism in a Sentence
The first parade has some pretty overt racial symbolism and intimidation. The VP was armed, and there was an executioner’s block on the float, etc..
Don't forget, this still was the Sixties, long hair was controversial and the establishment was being given a battle from upstart newcomers, the symbolism was perfect, and it was all there.
The symbolism of this moment will not be missed by anyone in the border region, it will be like the Pope coming to Ellis Island.
We look at the symbolism, the water is symbolic also.
I think it matters because symbolism is important. I think having that reflected in your leaders is important, but I think he has got the right idea because he embraces his identity and he wants people to know his identity but it is not all who he is.
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