the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.
a set or system of symbols.
symbolic meaning or character.
the principles and practice of symbolists in art or literature.
(initial capital letter) a movement of the late 19th century in French art and literature.
Compare symbolist (defs 3b, 4b).
the use of any of certain special figures or marks of identification to signify a religious message or divine being, as the cross for Christ and the Christian faith.
the representation of something in symbolic form or the attribution of symbolic meaning or character to something
a system of symbols or symbolic representation
a symbolic significance or quality
(often capital) a late 19th-century movement in art that sought to express mystical or abstract ideas through the symbolic use of images See also synthetism
(theol) any symbolist interpretation of the Eucharist
symbolism sym·bol·ism (sĭm’bə-lĭz’əm)
A mental state in which everything that happens is regarded by the individual as symbolic of his or her own thoughts.
The disguised representation in conscious thought of unconscious or repressed contents or events.
noun 1. a person who uses symbols or symbolism. 2. a person versed in the study or interpretation of symbols. 3. Literature. a writer who seeks to express or evoke emotions, ideas, etc., by stressing the symbolic value of language, to which is ascribed a capacity for communicating otherwise inexpressible visions of reality. (usually initial […]
- Symbolist movement
noun 1. (usually capital) a movement beginning in French and Belgian poetry towards the end of the 19th century with the verse of Mallarmé, Valéry, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Maeterlinck, and others, and seeking to express states of mind rather than objective reality by making use of the power of words and images to suggest as well […]
[sim-buh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsɪm bə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act or process of symbolizing. 2. Psychoanalysis. an unconscious mental process whereby one object or idea comes to stand for another through some part, quality, or aspect that the two share in common, with the symbol carrying the emotional feelings vested in the initial object or […]
verb (used with object), symbolized, symbolizing. 1. to be a symbol of; stand for or represent in the manner of a symbol. 2. to represent by a symbol or symbols. 3. to regard or treat as symbolic. verb (used without object), symbolized, symbolizing. 4. to use symbols. verb 1. (transitive) to serve as or be […]