em·blem·at·ic | \ ˌem-blə-ˈma-tik \
variants: or less commonly emblematical \ˌem-blə-ˈma-ti-kəl \

Definition of emblematic 

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

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emblematically \ˌem-blə-ˈma-ti-k(ə-)lē \ 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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The case of Lula, Brazil’s president from 2003 to 2010, is emblematic. The Economist, "Brazil’s Lula and government by judges," 5 Apr. 2018 Fifty years ago, Van Cleef & Arpels introduced the Alhambra, a four-leaf clover lucky charm motif suggestive of Moorish tile work that soon became emblematic of the fabled jewelry house. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "In Marrakech, Van Cleef & Arpels Celebrate 50 Years of Its Iconic Alhambra Design," 25 May 2018 For many Russians and Europeans, the line became emblematic of American arrogance. Keith Gessen, New York Times, "The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio," 8 May 2018 And in some ways, the hall has become emblematic of two cultures finding common ground. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewpub, American Legion post finding they can help each other," 13 Apr. 2018 Hulings reflexively offered a response that’s become emblematic of his approach campaigning for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District: addressing policy questions by drawing on his time as a federal prosecutor. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Democrats seeking Texas’ most competitive congressional seat shape message around experience," 27 Feb. 2018 Masih Alinejad’s My Stealthy Freedom campaign is emblematic of this phenomenon. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "How Social Media in Iran Is Used as a Tool for Protest," 11 July 2018 My theory was this: The tall burger was emblematic of the verticality of New York (and urban America), while the flat burger represented the horizontalness of Texas (and rural America). Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Though spurred by environmental concerns — rivers choked with toxic chemicals, local children with high levels of lead in their blood — Beijing’s move also seems emblematic of its increasing self-sufficiency and growing rejection of the West. New York Times, "E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity," 5 July 2018

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1645, in the meaning defined above

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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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