Definition of symbolic in English:


Line breaks: sym|bol¦ic
Pronunciation: /sɪmˈbɒlɪk


  • 2Involving the use of symbols or symbolism: Klimt’s symbolic painting of 1900-7
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    • A single large, spoked wheel above the train takes the painting into the symbolic realm.
    • "I think that 'The Scream' is one of the best paintings in the world. It is a great symbolic painting."
    • Cotton's highly symbolic paintings make statements about the value of land, Maori land concerns and the impact of colonisation.



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  • Locating the action in the dark recesses of Ian's mind, his depraved fantasy-land becomes the symbolical epicentre of mankind's propensity toward evil.
  • The paper's main working hypothesis is that this custom is to be understood in the context of underlying conceptions that fairytales convey in a symbolical guise.
  • The powers of the Parliament, reformed after the 1996 referendum, became largely symbolical while the rule of law was profaned since the main regulating documents were presidential decrees.


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  • And there's a link from him to the buffalo and symbolically to my culture.
  • It might be symbolically a good thing to do, but this is not the problem.
  • This symbolically signals the end of the telephone as we used to know it.


mid 17th century: from French symbolique or late Latin symbolicus, from Greek sumbolikos. The adjective symbolical dates from the early 17th century.

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