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 (sĭm′tə-mīz′, sĭmp′-) or symp·tom·a·tize (-tə-mə-tīz′)
tr.v. symp·tom·ized, symp·tom·iz·ing, symp·tom·iz·es or symp·tom·a·tized or symp·tom·a·tiz·ing or symp·tom·a·tiz·es
To be a symptom of: The infection is symptomized by chronic fatigue. High absenteeism often symptomizes job dissatisfaction.
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(ˈsɪmptəməˌtaɪz) or


vb (tr)
to be a symptom of
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Notable are films about disasters, natural or industrial, from earthquake and tsunami to zombification and nuclear crisis, since they often symptomatize a political deadlock of the current global world and the impossible Utopian change in various forms of catastrophic imagination.
Part of the fatigue of belatedness is a fatigue with figuration itself, and Keniston does a marvelous job of showing how the poetics of belatedness that she articulates is premised upon a large-scale shift from metaphor to metonymy, with Howe's work in particular standing as a model of a poetics that might sublimate and transform belatedness rather than symptomatize it or stage it formally.
Physical acts of violence merely symptomatize the networks of social power that legitimize them.
(13) For Hedrick, such responses symptomatize what he calls the "sportification" of early modern theater--whereby plays sought to incorporate the pleasures of "real" entertainment, like gambling, in an effort to invest themselves with more immediate stakes.
A language of ghosts, specters, and apparitions--and the variations are telling--has come to summarize and symptomatize the big questions that high theory seeks to address.
We want to identify when we wrestle with these binaries and to ask what our investments in these binaries symptomatize. Finally, we want to raise questions of ethics, concerning who decides which events, performances, or histories count, what violence we commit or repeat in representing the past, and what epistemologies or ontologies we privilege.
or the carceral practices of the state--discourses that collectively symptomatize what Susanne Luhmann has elsewhere termed "legacies of perpetration": the inheritance across generations of the structural effects of state-sanctioned violence and its traumas--in this case, of slavery, racism, and the property relations inherent to both.
Such delineations help Cuda to make some highly original arguments about the character and nature of modernist passions, where what he calls "passion scenes" involve "a sustained state of suffering or being moved" (32) while they symptomatize both internal and external pressures on the psyche, prompting the writerly subject to experience a kind of "possession" by or a "surrender" to "a motivating energy unknown" to him or her (8).
Might the risking of abundantly obvious dangers entailed by belligerent assertions of US sovereignty symptomatize an ambition to suffer punishment at its own hands, for example, as a form of preemptive or preventative exculpation in the service of aggressive intentions, as a form of retrospective reparation, or as a conflicted, omnivorous identification with its victims?
(68) The surging culture of religious right-wing populism, irrational new age mysticism, and endless conspiracy theorizing appear to symptomatize a cultural climate in which neoliberal market fundamentalism has come into crisis as both economic doctrine and ideology.
[3] By the same token, a significant dearth of informed counter-analysis of the fascism-sexuality nexus on the Marxist left betrays an uncannily complementary evasion of critical theory's crucial, anti-fascist praxis of immanent critique, a methodology of engaging and interrogating the formal contradictions and aporias that symptomatize the ideological reduction of a cultural occasion's interpretive layering into apparent coherence and viability, and that preclude their re-envisioning, apropos of Marx, as reified principles of historical movement and change (see Antonio 333).
This neither/nor "in-betweenness," however, does not symptomatize passivity, as Limanowska claims.