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 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 Gannett Theater, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381, www.batesdance festival.org KAREN CAMPBELL Galleries POWER OF THE FLOWER Miraculous in color and form, emblematic of love, fragility, and spirit, flowers beguile us. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 28 June 2018 The number of people packing into the emblematic Plaza del Sol in central Madrid to bring in the New Year will be reduced from 25,000 to 20,000. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "One more storm of blood from Slayer, on the metals band’s final tour," 13 June 2018 Her characters wear their vulnerabilities, hatreds, and desires on their sleeves (in an emblematic departure from Strindberg, John and Mies Julie consummate their love center stage atop the kitchen table, rather than in John's offstage bedroom). Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Mies Julie depicts a postapartheid South Africa still mired in its legacy of colonialism and racism," 6 June 2018 The young Gunner's poor showing against Leicester is, if anything, emblematic of Arsenal's poor form away from home as a whole. SI.com, "Alex Iwobi Becomes the Target of Arsenal Fans' Frustrations as Gunners Fail to Win on the Road Again," 10 May 2018 Savory pies, as quintessentially British as fish and chips, were once emblematic of the sad state of the country’s cooking. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019

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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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