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 While many factors work against universally accessible and actionable information, data silos are emblematic of the problem. Alexandre Bilger, Forbes, "Moving Toward An Information-Driven Workplace," 9 Apr. 2021 Answers, in recent years, into yet another stage for polarized political battles, trolling, and disinformation is emblematic of the internet’s transformation as a whole. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, "The death of Yahoo! Answers is the death of a collegial vision of the Internet," 7 Apr. 2021 Its problems are emblematic of the squeeze being felt at thousands of local newsrooms across the country. NBC News, "In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void," 5 Apr. 2021 The Brazilian city of Tabatinga, deep in the Amazon rainforest, where officials suspect the virus crossed into Colombia and Peru, is emblematic of the struggle to contain the variant. Washington Post, "Brazil has become South America’s superspreader event," 5 Apr. 2021 The stifling defense on the final possession was emblematic of Stanford’s performance throughout the game, as Arizona shot just 28.8 percent. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "Stanford holds off late charge from Arizona to win national championship," 4 Apr. 2021 The episode is emblematic of Utah’s approach to regulating the youth treatment industry. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A girl, her hands zip tied, was forced to sit in a horse trough at a Utah ‘troubled-teen’ center," 26 Mar. 2021 Her glass-and-timber houses have been emblematic of a lifestyle that has stretched out for more than a decade in open-plan spaces, with kitchens that flow into living rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and not much storage. New York Times, "What Does Home Mean to Us? Not the Same Thing It Did Before the Pandemic," 23 Mar. 2021 The whirlwind VonRosenstiel’s family endured over the past 12 months is emblematic of Oregon’s larger struggles during the first year of the pandemic recession. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: Coronavirus recession is state’s steepest and deepest – yet not nearly as bad as feared," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Emblematic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblematic. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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