Definition of Symbolism

1. Noun. A system of symbols and symbolic representations.

Generic synonyms: Symbol
Derivative terms: Symbolist



2. Noun. The practice of investing things with symbolic meaning.
Exact synonyms: Symbolisation, Symbolization
Generic synonyms: Pattern, Practice
Derivative terms: Symbolist, Symbolist

3. Noun. An artistic movement in the late 19th century that tried to express abstract or mystical ideas through the symbolic use of images.
Generic synonyms: Art Movement, Artistic Movement
Derivative terms: Symbolist

Definition of Symbolism

1. n. 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.

Definition of Symbolism

1. Noun. Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Symbolism

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Symbolism

symbolic speech
symbolical
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symbolicalness
symbolicism
symbolicisms
symbolics
symboling
symbolisable
symbolisation
symbolise
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symboliser
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symbolising
symbolism (current term)
symbolisms
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symbolizing
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Literary usage of Symbolism

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The symbolism customary among the liturgists from the ninth to the eleventh century is a moral symbolism, that is, the liturgical vestments were made to ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
""Whether or not we see the symbolism of a given expression, for example, ... The closer the analogy the less the symbolism and the less evident the analogy ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
""Whether or not we see the symbolism of a given expression, for example, ... The closer the analogy the less the symbolism and the less evident the analogy ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"But such is the science and the philosophy of ecclesiastical symbolism, understood and applied by the Roman Catholic Church, " symbolism " in its most ..."

5. On the Art of the Theatre by Edward Gordon Craig (1912)
"symbolism is really quite proper; it is sane, orderly, and it is universally employed. ... symbolism is nothing to be afraid of—it is delicacy itself; ..."

6. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison Peet (1885)
"The subject of symbolism in art and architecture is always interesting, ... If obscurity once settles down it will do so permanently, and symbolism in ..."

7. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Early Occidental masters of symbolism were Thales of Miletus (6th century BC), the founder of the Ionic sect of philosophers; Anaxagoras, Archelaus, ..."

8. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The symbolism customary among the liturgists from the ninth to the eleventh century is a moral symbolism, that is, the liturgical vestments were made to ..."

9. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
""Whether or not we see the symbolism of a given expression, for example, ... The closer the analogy the less the symbolism and the less evident the analogy ..."

10. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
""Whether or not we see the symbolism of a given expression, for example, ... The closer the analogy the less the symbolism and the less evident the analogy ..."

11. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"But such is the science and the philosophy of ecclesiastical symbolism, understood and applied by the Roman Catholic Church, " symbolism " in its most ..."

12. On the Art of the Theatre by Edward Gordon Craig (1912)
"symbolism is really quite proper; it is sane, orderly, and it is universally employed. ... symbolism is nothing to be afraid of—it is delicacy itself; ..."

13. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison Peet (1885)
"The subject of symbolism in art and architecture is always interesting, ... If obscurity once settles down it will do so permanently, and symbolism in ..."

14. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Early Occidental masters of symbolism were Thales of Miletus (6th century BC), the founder of the Ionic sect of philosophers; Anaxagoras, Archelaus, ..."

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