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1. The study or interpretation of symbols or symbolism.
2. The use of symbols.

sym·bol′o·gist n.
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When police discover a mysterious cipher next to the body, symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is called in to help out and, together with French cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), embarks on a pan-European quest to uncover a secret that stretches deep into the vaults of history.
Tom Hanks will play Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon with director Ron Howard behind the camera.
INFERNO HHH (5STAR, 9pm) Symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with a head wound and suffering from amnesia.
Symbologist Robert Langdon finds himself in an Italian hospital with no memory of how he got there.
Tom Hanks' symbologist teams up with Felicity Jones' doctor to stop a madman unleashing a global virus.
As Brown takes us through Langdon's travails, he poses the same question that he raised in his debut novel which introduced the symbologist character.
Pick a cultural European city - Paris, Rome, or, in the case of Origin, Spain's Bilbao and Barcelona, throw in Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, a young and beautiful female sidekick and a religious zealot who will kill to keep secrets from surfacing - and you're all set for a guilty pleasure of a page-turner.
It is this literary terra incognita that Brown's signature protagonist, the symbologist Robert Langdon, occupies.
Now an archaeologist, he travels to Kenya where strange occurrences begin to reunite him with the evil he sought to escape Angels & Demons (2009) Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) discovers the resurgence of ancient brotherhood the Illuminati and flies to Rome to warn the head of the Pope's guard (Skarsgard) Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Skarsgard plays a money launderer for Russian gangsters who asks a couple on holiday to pass evidence to MI6 agent (Damian Lewis) in this spy thriller
Book publishers Doubleday will release Origin, a new Dan Brown title featuring Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, in 2017, book trade magazine Publishers Weekly revealed on Friday.
Fast-forward to the present day, and while Brown continues to trot out adventures starring symbologist Robert Langdon that sell by the truckload, the world has moved on and debunked the myth.
On the big screen, the renewal of Howard's collaboration with Tom Hanks for "Inferno" might seem like a return to form, but the director says this thriller is a true departure from its predecessors, "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons." While the earlier films saw hero "symbologist" Robert Langdon (Hanks) confronting ancient mythology, "Inferno" tosses in the contemporary issue of overpopulation.