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 (sĭm-bŏl′ĭk) also sym·bol·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
a. Serving as a symbol: Roses are symbolic of love.
b. Serving as a particular instance of a broader pattern or situation; representative: The new building is symbolic of the recent changes that have taken place in the neighborhood.
2. Of, relating to, or expressed by means of symbols or a symbol: the symbolic meaning of the poem.
3. Using symbolism: symbolic art.

sym·bol′i·cal·ly adv.
sym·bol′i·cal·ness n.


(sɪmˈbɒlɪk) or


1. of or relating to a symbol or symbols
2. serving as a symbol
3. (Art Terms) characterized by the use of symbols or symbolism
symˈbolically adv
symˈbolicalness n


(sɪmˈbɒl ɪk)

1. serving as a symbol of something (often fol. by of).
2. of, pertaining to, or expressed by a symbol.
3. characterized by or involving the use of symbols: a highly symbolic poem.
Often, sym•bol′i•cal.
[1650–60; < Late Latin symbolicus < Greek symbolikós. See symbol, -ic]
sym•bol′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.symbolic - relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols; "symbolic logic"; "symbolic operations"; "symbolic thinking"
2.symbolic - serving as a visible symbol for something abstract; "a crown is emblematic of royalty"; "the spinning wheel was as symbolic of colonical Massachusetts as the codfish"
representative - standing for something else; "the bald eagle is representative of the United States"
3.symbolic - using symbolism; "symbolic art"


1. representative, token, emblematic, allegorical The move today was largely symbolic.
2. representative, figurative, allegorical, illustrative, allusive, connotative symbolic representations of landscape




A. ADJsimbólico (of de)
B. CPD symbolic logic Nlógica f simbólica


[sɪmˈbɒlɪk] adj [representation, association, move] → symbolique
the symbolic importance of sth → l'importance symbolique de qch
to be symbolic of sth → symboliser qch


adjsymbolisch (of für); to be symbolic of somethingetw symbolisieren, ein Symbol für etw sein; symbolic logicmathematische Logik


[sɪmˈbɒlɪk] symbolical [sɪmˈbɒlɪkl] adjsimbolico/a
to be symbolic of sth → simboleggiare qc


(ˈsimbəl) noun
a thing that is regarded as representing or standing for another. The dove is the symbol of peace.
symˈbolic (-ˈbo-) adjective
In the Christian religion, bread and wine are symbolic of Christ's body and blood.
symˈbolically adverb
ˈsymbolize, ˈsymbolise verb
to be a symbol of or represent by a symbol. A ring symbolizes everlasting love.
ˈsymbolism noun
References in classic literature ?
Rebecca had had to stand on a chair to reach them; now she could do it by stretching; and this is symbolic of the way in which she unconsciously scaled the walls of Miss Miranda's dogmatism and prejudice.
We have learned to think of women in a sort of symbolic transfiguration, based on clothes; and one of the readiest ways in which we conceive our mistress is as a composite thing, principally petticoats.
For it have to yield to the powers that come from, and are, symbolic of good.
The last Count of Spada, moreover, made me his heir, bequeathing to me this symbolic breviary, he bequeathed to me all it contained; no, no, make your mind satisfied on that point.
It groaned with a dismal sound; it showered leaves and rosebuds upon the remorseless enthusiast; and finally, with all its green boughs and ribbons and flowers, symbolic of departed pleasures, down fell the banner staff of Merry Mount.
Shame on me that I have attempted to describe it by so mean an image -- feeling, as I do, that it is one of those symbolic scenes which lead the mind to the sentiment, though not to the conception, of Omnipotence.
The riding light in the forerigging burned with a clear, untroubled, as if symbolic, flame, confident and bright in the mysterious shades of the night.
It would serve, he said to himself, as a symbolic language to keep him in communion with Nature.
He saw me standing beside his bed, defenceless, symbolic and forlorn, and all he found to say was, 'Well, I am like that.
Whether because of its symbolic sense, the image it presents of a life linked with the soil, and enclosing in itself the chief sources of warmth and nourishment, or whether merely because of the consolatory thought that it enables the dwellers in that harsh climate to get to their morning's work without facing the weather, it is certain that the "L" rather than the house itself seems to be the centre, the actual hearth-stone of the New England farm.
Beyond this universality of the symbolic language, we are apprised of the divineness of this superior use of things, whereby the world is a temple whose walls are covered with emblems, pictures, and commandments of the Deity,--in this, that there is no fact in nature which does not carry the whole sense of nature; and the distinctions which we make in events and in affairs, of low and high, honest and base, disappear when nature is used as a symbol.
Tamburlaine' expresses with 'a profound, lasting, noble sense and in grandly symbolic terms, the eternal tragedy inherent in the conflict between human aspiration and human power.