What does symbolism mean?

Definitions for symbolism
ˈsɪm bəˌlɪz əmsym·bol·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. symbolism(noun)

    a system of symbols and symbolic representations

  2. symbolism, symbolization, symbolisation(noun)

    the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning

  3. symbolism(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. symbolism(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Symbolism(noun)

    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. Symbolism(noun)

    a system of symbols or representations

  3. Symbolism(noun)

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

  4. Symbolism(noun)

    a combining together of parts or ingredients

  5. Symbolism(noun)

    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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How to say symbolism in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory:

    That's clearly the flag that has been hijacked by people that are misusing that symbolism to set the wrong tone for our nation and for North Carolina.

  2. The Wall Street Journal:

    But it is about symbolism.

  3. Fusek Peters:

    I thought it would make an interesting picture because theres some great symbolism, manstone Rock looks like a persons face. You can make out the face easily and it is looking at the comet. The idea of the face looking at the comet appealed to me.

  4. Al Sharpton:

    Were in the post-Obama generation. So, we have already seen a black president, weve already seen a black first family. Now, we want to know what it is going to mean. Symbolism is not enough now. Its substance ... And if there is no substance then weve gotten over the aura of the first.

  5. Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    He had a long history of violent crime, infatuation with extremism and mental instability, as the siege unfolded yesterday, he sought to cloak his actions with the symbolism of the (Islamic State) death cult. Tragically, there are people in our community ready to engage in politically motivated violence.

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