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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What’s more, some employees said, the change is emblematic of Nike’s failure to adjust a corporate culture that at best ignores the professional stress faced by women in particular. latimes.com, "Nike is expanding its daycare benefit, and its employees are furious," 8 June 2019 What's more, some employees said, the change is emblematic of Nike's failure to adjust a corporate culture that at best ignores the professional stress faced by women in particular. oregonlive.com, "Nike plans to close on-site daycare, triggering employee backlash," 7 June 2019 Hanna's story is emblematic of the struggle plaguing tribal communities and indigenous women living in cities. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Congress tackles crisis of missing and murdered Native American women," 5 June 2019 But Persephone soon descends into an underworld that is emblematic of what’s new in the Broadway production. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 The Ours Polaire pieces are emblematic of Royère’s spirit of absolutely free creativity and reflect a true elegance without any kind of ostentation. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "This Polar Bear Sofa Is Beloved By the Very Rich," 15 Apr. 2019 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

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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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