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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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"
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1. representative, token, emblematic, allegorical The move today was largely symbolic.
2. representative, figurative, allegorical, illustrative, allusive, connotative symbolic representations of landscape
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A. ADJsimbólico (of de)
B. CPD symbolic logic Nlógica f simbólica
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[sɪmˈbɒlɪk] adj [representation, association, move] → symbolique
the symbolic importance of sth → l'importance symbolique de qch
to be symbolic of sth → symboliser qch
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adjsymbolisch (of für); to be symbolic of somethingetw symbolisieren, ein Symbol für etw sein; symbolic logicmathematische Logik
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[sɪmˈbɒlɪk] symbolical [sɪmˈbɒlɪkl] adjsimbolico/a
to be symbolic of sth → simboleggiare qc
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
All this is precise yet symbolic; and the file had its pathetic history.
Voluptuousness: the great symbolic happiness of a higher happiness and highest hope.
Others picked out MacWhirr, in whom they perceived a definite symbolic intention.
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.
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.
Lieutenant, love, and lack of money--that is a symbolic triangle, or much the same as the half of the shattered die of Fortune.
A red hair-bow was in her hair; she wore Venus's Eighth Avenue badge, the blue bead necklace with the swinging silver symbolic heart.
These round knobs were not ornamental but symbolic; they were expressive and puzzling, striking and disturbing--food for thought and also for the vultures if there had been any looking down from the sky; but at all events for such ants as were industrious enough to ascend the pole.
The evil of these departed years would naturally have sprung up again, in such rank weeds (symbolic of the transmitted vices of society) as are always prone to root themselves about human dwellings.
He saw me standing beside his bed, defenceless, symbolic and forlorn, and all he found to say was, 'Well, I am like that.'
The plum-pudding was of the same handsome roundness as ever, and came in with the symbolic blue flames around it, as if it had been heroically snatched from the nether fires, into which it had been thrown by dyspeptic Puritans; the dessert was as splendid as ever, with its golden oranges, brown nuts, and the crystalline light and dark of apple-jelly and damson cheese; in all these things Christmas was as it had always been since Tom could remember; it was only distinguished, it by anything, by superior sliding and snowballs.