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Examples of emblem in a Sentence
The flag is the emblem of our nation.
He has come to be regarded as an emblem of conservatism.
Recent Examples of emblem from the Web
His choice of John Kelly as chief of staff is a nice emblem.
This is not about female beauty, this is not about an emblem of beauty, about vanity.
The headdresses are sacred emblems of the Malo cult, the Meriam Mir belief system that pre-dates the arrival of European settlers in the 18th century.
Critics viewed him as an emblem of authoritarianism, conformity, and narrow thinking.
The church is very active in social justice issues, previously speaking out on topics such as the Chief Wahoo emblem.
In a world of increasing conflict, one country stands out as a sad emblem of misery: Syria.
George described it: smooth blade, black handle, panther emblem.
Capen said, referring to the emblem of his fighter squadron.
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emblem Has Greek Roots
Both "emblem" and its synonym "symbol" trace back to the Greek verb ballein, meaning "to throw." "Emblem" arose from emballein, meaning "to insert," while "symbol" comes from "symballein," Greek for to throw together. "Ballein" is also an ancestor of the words "parable" (from "paraballein," "to compare"), "metabolism" (from "metaballein," "to change"), and "problem" (from "proballein," "to throw forward"). Another (somewhat surprising) "ballein" descendant is "devil," which comes from Greek diabolos, literally meaning "slanderer." "Diabolos" in turn comes from diaballein, meaning "to throw across" or "to slander."
First Known Use of emblem
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Synonym Discussion of emblem
- The eagle is one of our national emblems.
- The lion is the symbol of courage.
- This gift is a token of our love.
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