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ˈsɪm bəˌlɪz əmsym·bol·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. symbolismnoun

    a system of symbols and symbolic representations

  2. symbolism, symbolization, symbolisationnoun

    the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning

  3. symbolismnoun

    an artistic movement in the late 19th century that tried to express abstract or mystical ideas through the symbolic use of images


  1. symbolismnoun

    Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.


  1. symbolism

    Symbolism is a literary, artistic, or conceptual device where an object, person, character, action, place, or event is used to represent an abstract idea, concept or theme, often with deeper or more complex meaning beyond its literal interpretation. This technique is used to convey hidden or implicit messages, emphasize certain emotions, or highlight particular ideas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Symbolismnoun

    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

  2. Symbolismnoun

    a system of symbols or representations

  3. Symbolismnoun

    the practice of using symbols, or the system of notation developed thereby

  4. Symbolismnoun

    a combining together of parts or ingredients

  5. Symbolismnoun

    the science of creeds; symbolics

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Symbolism

    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

  1. Symbolism

    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)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of symbolism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of symbolism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of symbolism in a Sentence

  1. Karen Bass:

    You see the man being compliant, you see the police officer -- acting with complete impunity -- looking at the camera while he is literally murdering this man. The symbolism of that was he was so arrogant about what he was doing. He thought,' It's just a black man, nobody is going to do anything to me.'.

  2. Duane Bratt:

    The symbolism of being able to campaign on a surplus is very important to the Conservatives, which is why they may go (to the polls) before October, there may be a sweet spot in the fiscal year where they can say they have a surplus that may not exist in the rest of the year.

  3. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    Poetry encourages readers to explore vocabulary, understand metaphors and symbolism, and appreciate the nuances of language.

  4. Robert Kennedy:

    We look at the symbolism, the water is symbolic also.

  5. John Brennan:

    He’s important and we will destroy ISIL, I have no doubt in my mind, bin Laden had important symbolism and, if we got Baghdadi. it would have great impact on the organization. We’re going to have to remain very focused.

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