Definition of symbolism
1 : the art or practice of using symbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations: asa : artistic imitation or invention that is a method of revealing or suggesting immaterial, ideal, or otherwise intangible truth or statesb : the use of conventional or traditional signs in the representation of divine beings and spirits
2 : a system of symbols or representations
Examples of symbolism in a sentence
The story was filled with religious symbolism.
First Known Use of symbolism
SYMBOLISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of symbolism for English Language Learners
: the use of symbols to express or represent ideas or qualities in literature, art, etc.
: the particular idea or quality that is expressed by a symbol
SYMBOLISM Defined for Kids
Definition of symbolism for Students
1 : the use of symbols to represent an idea or quality <The story was filled with symbolism.>
2 : the meaning of a symbol <What is the symbolism of the lion and lamb in this picture?>
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