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

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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 The Puentes family’s situation is emblematic of what many of their peers are experiencing right now. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Will the coronavirus destroy smallest wineries?," 11 May 2020 The conflict is emblematic of how the coronavirus is hitting minority neighborhoods especially hard. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'We're not the generation of tomorrow': Young black leaders rise to challenge of coronavirus," 4 May 2020 Some commentators have taken Magufuli’s emphasis on prayer to be emblematic of the government’s perceived failure to adequately address the pandemic. Benjamin Kirby, Quartz Africa, "Pentecostals are in a “spiritual war” against coronavirus in Africa—as are some political leaders," 1 May 2020 The struggles facing The Big Romance are emblematic of the wider challenges thrown up for the small companies which form the backbone Europe’s economy, accounting for more than a third of all jobs across the region. Dara Doyle, Bloomberg.com, "For a Dublin Bar, The Glass Is Half Full Even in Lockdown," 28 Apr. 2020 His briefings — never commanding the limelight that his neighbor, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, has attracted — are emblematic of his governing style: deferential yet stoic, present but not overbearing, not likely to draw or seek the spotlight. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "He Got Off the Table After Cancer Surgery to Take On the Virus," 24 Apr. 2020 That combativeness is emblematic of the response from Jones's colleagues in the Democratic Party to his decision to support Trump. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "'I have left the plantation': Democratic lawmaker who endorsed Trump announces resignation following attacks from party," 22 Apr. 2020 The problems at Andover are emblematic of those playing out in nursing homes nationwide. USA TODAY, "New Jersey nursing home where bodies found in 'makeshift facility' has history of citations," 17 Apr. 2020 What happened next was emblematic of how Maron Buice responded to a challenge. Mark Woolsey, ajc, "Maron Buice, 93, Gwinnett businessman, commissioner, fire chief," 13 Apr. 2020

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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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15 May 2020

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“Emblematic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblematic. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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