em·​blem·​at·​ic | \ ˌem-blə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce emblematic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly emblematical \ ˌem-​blə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce emblematical (audio) \

Definition of emblematic

: of, relating to, or constituting an emblem : symbolic, representative

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emblematically \ ˌem-​blə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce emblematically (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of emblematic in a Sentence

the dove is emblematic of the organization's mission to bring some peace to a troubled world
Recent Examples on the Web Before its 2007 purchase, some residents say, the Hilltop House Hotel was emblematic of the town’s offbeat appeal. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Death threats and illegal voting: The war over a luxury resort in Harpers Ferry," 17 Feb. 2020 For many in China, the Wuhan police treatment of Li and seven others is emblematic of the weakness of China’s political system. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Questions swirl after China attempts to censor news of whistleblowing doctor’s death," 6 Feb. 2020 RFocus is emblematic of a general shift in development of wireless technology and devices. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "New Antenna Tech Could Make Your Phone Signal Ridiculously Strong," 6 Feb. 2020 Legislators often strategically invite guests who are emblematic of America's culture wars. Katie Surma, azcentral, "Arizona's senators and reps are bringing these guests to the State of the Union address," 4 Feb. 2020 The policy in question is emblematic of the decisions shaping voter eligibility around the country. NBC News, "'Tidal wave of voter suppression' washes over states, DNC lawyer says," 3 Feb. 2020 Shoa-Shargh's case is emblematic of authorities working to make such events disappear from the public eye. Defne Gencler, Fortune, "These 10 journalists deserve answers, protection, and justice," 3 Feb. 2020 This view is emblematic of American financial governance since the Second World War. Joshua Zoffer, The New Republic, "To End Forever War, Keep the Dollar Globally Dominant," 3 Feb. 2020 And in many ways, this game was emblematic of who the Tigers are. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: No one can beat Northwestern. If the Tigers lose, they'll beat themselves.," 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of emblematic

1645, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2020

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“Emblematic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblematic. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of emblematic

: representing something (such as an idea, state, or emotion) that cannot be seen by itself

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