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 emblematic (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 emblematic (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 Each effervescent look is emblematic of a creative whose work is lighthearted and romantic. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 5 May 2022 The fact that there could be an academic journal devoted just to John, Paul, George and Ringo is emblematic of how popular and influential the Beatles are. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 4 May 2022 Roman’s story, recounted last Friday, is emblematic of the new focus, style, and demands of the war in Ukraine, in what Russia calls Phase 2 of its invasion. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 May 2022 The lawsuits, Siddall said, are emblematic of a broader problem in the office, in which confusion over how prosecutors are expected to carry out Gascón’s policies has repeatedly spiraled into allegations of retaliation and punishment. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Derby’s demise is emblematic of the risks many clubs take to reach the Premier League, where financial sustainability can be more easily twinned with aspiration. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The case has brought unwanted attention to Singapore’s laws on capital punishment, which are emblematic of the conservative, tough-on-crime policies the country became known for in the 20th century. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 The second-generation Datsun Z is emblematic of the 1980s. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 25 Apr. 2022 The blooming roses and cempasúchiles — the marigolds that are emblematic of Día de los Muertos — on the crown illustrate it seamlessly. Roxana Becerril, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of emblematic

1645, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emblematic

borrowed from New Latin emblēmaticus, from emblēmat-, emblēma emblem entry 1 + -icus -ic entry 1

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The first known use of emblematic was in 1645

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8 May 2022

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“Emblematic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblematic. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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