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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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 Oh’s beauty subjects looked like they were caught mid dance, their free flowing lengths and energized, amplified eyes emblematic of the week’s exciting show offerings. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty at Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018 And instead of being a shining example of a step in the right direction for the school system, he’s headed toward becoming emblematic of a long, worrisome trend. Philly.com, "A former drug dealer made good and became a Philly teacher. So why is he thinking of leaving the profession?," 11 July 2018 Three of the dead were never identified or claimed by family and were buried in a potter’s field — emblematic of the estrangement from family that followed coming out for so many gay people 45 years ago. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'View UpStairs' goes back in time to tragic fire in the gay community of 1973 New Orleans," 6 July 2018 One of the division’s first tasks will be to create Truth Commissions to investigate emblematic cases like the disappearance of 43 students at the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in 2014, as well as extrajudicial killings in places like Tlatlaya. Martha Pskowski, The New Republic, "The Radical Amnesty Plan of Mexico’s Next President," 2 July 2018 But perhaps the opener as a role is less emblematic of the Rays' valuable craftiness than are the performances of the men who've been asked to fill it. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Midseason Report Card: Red Sox, Yankees Continue to Control the AL East," 29 June 2018 Since then, they've become recognized as one of South Korea's most emblematic girl groups, producing hit after hit and performing across the globe. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Tiffany Young Talks BTS & The K-Pop Bandmate Experience," 27 June 2018 The father of the 2-year-old Honduran girl featured on Time magazine and emblematic for the separation of immigrant children and parents, told The Washington PostThursday the young girl was never separated from her mother. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Crying immigrant girl on Time magazine cover was never separated from her mom, father says," 22 June 2018

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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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