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

Synonyms & Antonyms for emblematic


representational, representative, symbolic (also symbolical)



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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

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But Pelosi’s long tenure has also led some younger candidates in largely Democratic districts, seeing Pelosi as emblematic of the party’s old guard, to refrain from endorsing her. Matthew Green, Vox, "What Pelosi’s defenders miss," 29 Oct. 2018 Puma had launched in the late 1940s as a brand that largely targeting runners, but execs saw Frazier as emblematic of the company’s shift, a marketing push that appealed to basketball players on and off the court. Matt Giles, Longreads, "Puma’s Ploy to Become Relevant in Basketball Again," 21 June 2018 Since then, Mill's case has been held up by celebrities and reformers alike as emblematic of the process' unfairness. Jay Willis, GQ, "Why Was Meek Mill in Jail? DeRay Mckesson Explains," 25 Apr. 2018 There's nothing quite as emblematic of south Florida as trying to dodge legal trouble through some wacky courtroom stunt. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Marlins Are Trying to Avoid a Lawsuit By Claiming Citizenship in the British Virgin Islands," 10 Apr. 2018 Related Coverage Shangrao is emblematic of the smaller Chinese cities whose property sales contributed to economic growth in recent years. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "China’s Property Market, Once a Lifeline, Now Carries Economic Risks," 16 Feb. 2019 The other is the sort of elegant-yet-unfussy charm that’s really emblematic of the island as a whole. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "St. Barth’s Is Back—Here’s Where to Go," 30 Nov. 2018 That’s fairly emblematic of Trump critics’ frustrations with McCain’s behavior in the final chapter of his political career. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "John McCain, who died at 81, explained," 26 Aug. 2018 The emblematic cathedral now contains a Chapel of the Allies. Fox News, "UK prince, prime minister mark centenary of Battle of Amiens," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of emblematic

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emblematic was in 1645

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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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