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symbolic

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adjective sym·bol·ic \sim-ˈbä-lik\

Simple Definition of symbolic

  • : expressing or representing an idea or quality without using words

  • : relating to or being used as a symbol

  • : using symbols

Full Definition of symbolic

  1. 1a :  using, employing, or exhibiting a symbolb :  consisting of or proceeding by means of symbols

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or constituting a symbol

  3. 3 :  characterized by or terminating in symbols <symbolic thinking>

  4. 4 :  characterized by symbolism <a symbolic dance>

sym·bol·i·cal·ly play \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of symbolic

  1. The lighting of the candles is symbolic.

  2. The sharing of the wine has symbolic meaning.



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First Known Use of symbolic

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Variants of symbolic

also sym·bol·i·cal play \-li-kəl\

Rhymes with symbolic




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