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Examples of emblem in a Sentence
The flag is the emblem of our nation.
He has come to be regarded as an emblem of conservatism.
Recent Examples of emblem from the Web
John Oliver, on his HBO comedy show, recently held up Mr. Pierce as an emblem of the bombast that floats around the virtual currency community.
England: The Three Lions nickname is taken from an emblem that dates to King Richard I, who ruled from 1189 to 1199.
The diversity of these trails serves as an emblem of the New England recreational experience, says Heather Clish, director of conservation and recreation policy at the Appalachian Mountain Club.
In words and pictures an iconography emerged, one that used her as an emblem of the general backwardness of Muslims.
For decades, officials from other countries habitually pointed to America’s insistence on isolating Cuba as an emblem of post-colonial intransigence.
The 164 member-state body has courted controversy over the years, notably as a bugaboo of anti-globalists who see it as an emblem of the injustices and exploitation that can be wrought by capitalism. ___ IS TRUMP BREAKING WTO RULES WITH THE TARIFFS?
Perhaps that pose was itself borrowed from movies — traditionally, rejection of a cookie-cutter middle-class life has on screen been an emblem of rebellious cool.
The car implicated is a gold Subaru Impreza with improper NC license tag FAA1873 with a Johnny's Auto Sales emblem on it.
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emblem Has Greek Roots
Both "emblem" and its synonym "symbol" trace back to the Greek verb ballein, meaning "to throw." "Emblem" arose from emballein, meaning "to insert," while "symbol" comes from "symballein," Greek for to throw together. "Ballein" is also an ancestor of the words "parable" (from "paraballein," "to compare"), "metabolism" (from "metaballein," "to change"), and "problem" (from "proballein," "to throw forward"). Another (somewhat surprising) "ballein" descendant is "devil," which comes from Greek diabolos, literally meaning "slanderer." "Diabolos" in turn comes from diaballein, meaning "to throw across" or "to slander."
EMBLEM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emblem for English Language Learners
: an object or picture used to suggest a thing that cannot be shown
: a person or thing that represents an idea
EMBLEM Defined for Kids
Synonym Discussion of emblem
- The eagle is one of our national emblems.
- The lion is the symbol of courage.
- This gift is a token of our love.
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