Definition of SYMBOLIC

having the function or meaning of an object or figure that stands for something else <the butterfly in the poem is symbolic of the impermanence of youth>
Synonyms emblematic (also emblematical), representational, representative
Related Words figural, figurative, metaphoric (or metaphorical), tropological; allegorical
Near Antonyms actual, literal
Antonyms nonsymbolic

Variants of SYMBOLIC

symbolic also symbolical

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