sym·​bol·​o·​gy | \ sim-ˈbä-lə-jē How to pronounce symbology (audio) \
plural symbologies

Definition of symbology

1 : the art of expression by symbols
2 : the study or interpretation of symbols
3 : a system of symbols

Examples of symbology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Gettysburg gambit is just his latest attempt to appropriate American history and symbology and pervert it to suit his ends. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "If Donald Trump Can’t Make History, He’ll Steal It Instead," 12 Aug. 2020 However, though the Mississippi flag was the last to bear the obvious image of the Confederate battle flag, there are other state flags that contain Confederate symbology that may be a little harder to spot. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Mississippi changing its flag isn't the end of Confederate symbols in state flags," 1 July 2020 Adopted more than 30 years after the end of the Civil War, the banner has continued to fly despite years of criticism over its symbology, including previous attempts to change it. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, "Mississippi governor says he would sign bill to remove Confederate emblem from state flag," 27 June 2020 The show has shown restraint in beating us over the head with symbology this season, but the subtleties have been there all along; Carrie is, essentially, Brody. Seija Rankin,, "Homeland series finale recap: Goodbye to you, America," 27 Apr. 2020 In numerology, every number has a spiritual significance, and practitioners believe that recognising the symbology and patterns of numbers can enrich their lives. Erika W. Smith,, "What Leap Day 2020 Means In Numerology," 29 Feb. 2020 Some of the most intriguing perspectives on the body are coming from women working beyond the cisgender symbology of womanhood. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Wild Woman Awakens," 17 Dec. 2019 Practitioners believe that learning the symbology of numbers and recognizing patterns can enrich our lives. Erika W. Smith,, "What 2020 Means In Numerology," 2 Jan. 2020 If Thanos is destruction in our emerging global symbology, Pepe the Frog’s visual meaning is something like sad resistance. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Pepe the Frog Means Something Different in Hong Kong—Right?," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of symbology

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for symbology

symbol + -logy

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“Symbology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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