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1. One who uses symbols or symbolism.
a. One who interprets or represents conditions or truths by the use of symbols or symbolism.
b. often Symbolist Any of a group of chiefly French writers and artists of the late 1800s who rejected realism and used symbols to evoke ideas and emotions.
1. Of or relating to symbolism.
2. often Symbolist Of or relating to the Symbolists.

sym′bol·is′tic adj.
sym′bol·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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1. a person who uses or can interpret symbols, esp as a means to revealing aspects of truth and reality
2. (Art Terms) an artist or writer who practises symbolism in his work
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Movements) (usually capital) a writer associated with the symbolist movement
4. (Art Movements) (often capital) an artist associated with the movement of symbolism
5. (Theology) Christian theol a person who rejects any interpretation of the Eucharist that suggests that Christ is really present in it, and who maintains that the bread and wine are only symbols of his body and blood
of, relating to, or characterizing symbolism or symbolists
ˌsymbolˈistic, ˌsymbolˈistical adj
ˌsymbolˈistically adv
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(ˈsɪm bə lɪst)

a. a writer or artist who seeks to express or evoke emotions, ideas, etc., by the use of symbolic language, imagery, color, etc.
b. (usu. cap.) any of a group of chiefly French and Belgian poets and writers of the late 19th century who rejected naturalism and used evocative, suggestive, or synesthetic images.
2. a person who uses symbols or symbolism.
3. a person versed in the study or interpretation of symbols.
4. of or pertaining to symbolists or symbolism.
sym`bol•is′tic, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.symbolist - a member of an artistic movement that expressed ideas indirectly via symbols
artist, creative person - a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
2.symbolist - someone skilled in the interpretation or representation of symbols
interpreter, translator - someone who mediates between speakers of different languages
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A. ADJsimbolista
B. Nsimbolista mf
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nSymbolist(in) m(f)
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She attempts "to re-evaluate Katherine Mansfield from a Modernist point of view [and] to show that Mansfield's works are Aesthetic in attitude and Symbolist in method, and that they demonstrate a consistent social consciousness" (3).
KINGDOM of the Soul, Symbolist Art in Germany (1870-1920), is on show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until July 30.
For example, the opening image of his poem 'Der Turm' is traced back to the novel Le Carilloneur by the Belgian Symbolist Georges Rodenbach, while 'Die Flamingos' is said to recall Baudelaire's poem 'Lesbos'.
Pavel Florensky's work The Pillar and Ground of the Truth [Stolp i utverzhdenie istini] was first published in 1914, at the height of the Symbolist movement in Russia.
The internal chapters of Wagner in Russia devoted to "Wagner and the Symbolists" prove to be the most provocative and, for those new to the topic, the most surprising, as Bartlett introduces the principal Russian Symbolist writers, all of whom were receptive to German culture.
Building on those analyses, the present study proceeds to explore such deviations as the expression of a special phenomenological awareness, a Mallarmean haut langage whose complex linguistic structure coincides with an existential or "pathetic" intensity emerging openly in romantic and symbolist literature.
Symons incorporated his critical responses to Huysmans' En Route and La Cathedrale into a chapter in The Symbolist Movement in Literature, which he tided "Huysmans the Symbolist." Today, The Symbolist Movement in Literature is widely considered one of the most significant volumes of modern criticism; Huysmans' influence on its genesis is worthy of special focus.
Author whose early works exemplify the naturalist and Symbolist schools and who later won considerable reputation for his historical and sociological novels.
Frantisek Deak's Symbolist Theater is a welcome and fundamental contribution to the re-evaluation of European avant-garde theatre.
Nabokov grew to his Russian maturity in the shadow of the symbolist and Acmeist poets, and much of his early writing was in the forin of poetry.
Janis Rozentals was the leading Symbolist from Latvia.
Indeed, using language in new ways was at the foundation of most Symbolist poetry and prose.