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Definition of Symbolism


  1. The act of symbolizing, or the state of being symbolized; as, symbolism in Christian art is the representation of truth, virtues, vices, etc., by emblematic colors, signs, and forms.
  2. A system of symbols or representations.
  3. The practice of using symbols, or the system of notation developed thereby.
  4. A combining together of parts or ingredients.
  5. The science of creeds; symbolics.

Symbolism Quotations

There is only one thing which can master the perplexed stuff of epic material into unity; and that is, an ability to see in particular human experience some significant symbolism of man's general destiny.
Lascelles Abercrombie

The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.

When you have spent an important part of your life playing Let's Pretend, it's often easy to see symbolism where none exists.
Gene Tierney

For Debussy the musician and the man I have had profound admiration, but by nature I'm different from him. I think I have always personally followed a direction opposed to that of the symbolism of Debussy.
Maurice Ravel

I usually don't like to 'spoon feed' my audience, because I grew up idolizing story tellers who tell stories using symbolism, so it was in my nature to do the same.
The Weeknd
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Symbolism Translations

symbolism in German is Symbolik
symbolism in Spanish is simbolismo
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